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RELEVANT TO ALL CAREERS AND COUNTLESS ASPECTS OF YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE. IT IS ALSO HIGHLY RELEVANT IF YOU WANT TO CONTINUE STUDYING MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE OR OTHER TECHNOLOGY BASED COURSES.
WHAT YOU STUDY
You will analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so. You will investigate mathematical concepts of computing as well as looking into the theory behind hardware/software development and architecture. This is the ‘technical and scientific’ approach to the study of computers and programming and it is not to do with the same content an ‘ICT’ course provides.
HOW YOU STUDY
An aptitude for problem solving and an interest in learning a programming language is very important. Lessons will be divided into theory and practical. Access to a computer outside of school will be essential to succeed in learning a programming language. The course requires both a logical and mathematical mind due to the volume of work that is programming and algorithm based.
DEPARTMENT STRENGTHS AND RESOURCES
The department has committed staff with valuable academic and industrial experience. Industry-standard software is used in the programming aspects of the course. The facilities are of high quality and are backed up by excellent technical support.
PROGRESSION TO UNIVERSITY
A-level Computing provides a solid grounding that is important for those students thinking of studying related courses in the future. It can lead you onto a wide range of exciting careers. The skills developed, such as project management and problem solving; make this a valuable course for all students. There are opportunities at the majority of universities to study Computer Science and Software Engineering.
COMBINES WELL WITH
Computing combines especially well with Mathematics and the Sciences and also Electronics based courses.
GCSE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
Students should have GCSE Maths at Grade B or higher to undertake this course. GCSE Computing is also preferred, as a background in programming helps considerably, but we will accept students with strong ICT grades from certain, specific courses instead.