Computer Science

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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 about many interesting theory topics such as 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. Programming is a key part of the course. You will be taught programming concepts in a range of languages and complete weekly challenges.

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

Year 2

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

I chose Computer Science as I am interested in many aspects of computers and programming and wanted to learn more to open up possibilities for the future. The learning is clear and concise and our tutor Tim is always ready to help any student who may be struggling.

Paul Joakim, ex Steyning Grammar School

Course Essentials

Courses Available
A Level
Entry 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, cyber security, software engineering, networking, digital media, web development, e-business and computer games design. Some students move on to foundation degrees or HND courses. Degree level apprenticeships are also increasingly popular with 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 or Physics. Other recommended subjects include IT, Business, Computer Games Development, Design and Music Technology.
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