A-Level Computer Science Course at Varndean College

 

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Computer Science is a subject that spans theory and practice. You will become a confident programmer using different languages to solve problems. We will apply Computational Thinking to decompose larger problems into smaller ones and use a range of techniques to solve them.

In A-level Computer Science, you will learn many theory topics such as how computers work, how encryption allows the safe transfer of private data over public networks. You will learn about security issues such as hacking and how viruses are spread.

You will choose your own engaging project idea, and develop your own program for a client or for fun, such as a 3D game using Unity.

.YEAR 1
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Further Programming Techniques
  • Structure of the Processor
  • Types of Processor
  • Software Development
  • Compression, Encryption, Hashing
  • Networks
  • Web Technologies
  • Data Types
  • Data Structures
  • Boolean Algebra
  • Legislation and Ethical issues

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YEAR 2
  • Computational Thinking
  • Problem Solving and Programming
  • Further Algorithms
  • Types of Programming Language
  • Systems Software
  • Applications Generation
  • Databases
  • Further Boolean Algebra
  • Practical Project
COURSE ESSENTIALS

COURSES AVAILABLE:


A Level

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:


Standard advanced course requirements plus
Grade 6 in GCSE Maths
AND
Grade 4 in GCSE Computer Science or IT preferred

HOW THE COURSE IS ASSESSED:


2 Written exams, 1 Coursework project

CAREER PATHWAYS


Many students choose to study Computer Science and related subjects at degree level. Popular choices include computer science, robotics, artificial intelligence, computer forensics, software engineering, networking, digital media, web development, e-business and computer games design. Some students move onto foundation degrees or HND courses. Apprenticeships are also increasingly popular with the many technology firms in the Sussex area.

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS


Problem solving; logical thinking; critical-thinking; research skills; teamwork.

OTHER INFORMATION:


Alongside Computer Science, well-suited subjects are Mathematics, Physics or Electronics. Other recommended subjects include ICT, Business, Computer Games Development, Design and Music Technology.

ENQUIRIES TO:


Tim Bowry twb@varndean.ac.uk

“I have loved having the independence to develop our own programs for a client whilst facing all the challenges associated with such a task.””
Ryan Johnson, ex Range High School