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Computer Science A-level

Level 3 A-levels
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North Devon Campus
Two years

Advances in computing are transforming the way the world works. Computer Science A-level will teach you the principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation. This subject will encourage you to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.

Programming and coding. You will work with one of the following programming languages: C#, Java, Pascal/Delphi, Python, VB.Net. You will also develop the mathematical skills related to the following: Boolean algebra, comparison and complexity of algorithms (A-level only), number representations and bases.


In the first year, you will study: Fundamentals of Programming, Fundamentals of Data Structures, Systematic Approach to Problem Solving, Theory of Computation, Fundamentals of Data Representation, Fundamentals of Computer Systems, Fundamentals of Computer Organisation and Architecture, Consequences of uses of Computing, and Fundamentals of Communication and Networking.

In the second year, you will add to this: Fundamentals of Algorithms, Fundamentals of Databases, Big Data, Fundamentals of Functional Programming, Systematic Approach to Problem Solving, Non-exam Assessment - the Computing Practical Project.

This will all include things like the language of programming, bits and bytes, binary, bitmap imaging, the digital representation of sound, hardware and software and Boolean algebra processing.
Two 2.5-hour exams (40% each of A level) and a non-exam assessment (20% of A level) which tests your ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve or investigate a practical problem.
To be accepted onto a two-year Level 3 programme, all entrants must hold at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and a grade 4 in GCSE English, as well as at least three other GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Certain subjects require a minimum of GCSE grade 6.

You will be required to achieve a grade 6 or above in Mathematics.
Degree in Computer Science, and ultimately a career as a business analyst, database administrator, games developer, information systems manager, IT consultant, multimedia programmer, SEO specialist, systems analyst, systems developer, UX analyst, web designer, web developer, or big data consultant.
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