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A Level, Level 3

Computer Science

This course primarily focuses on problem-solving using logical thinking and learning to program in a predetermined language.

It also focuses on developing abstract thinking, as well as algorithmic and mathematical reasoning to solve future challenges. You will learn the concepts of programming and carry out specific programming projects. It uses software development and programming as a tool to develop these skills. During the exams you are required to identify and edit existing code for a scenario. These are the most practical exams you can complete!

As well as software development and computational thinking, you will learn about internal computer hardware, data representation, data structures, communication and networking.

In Year 1, you will be assessed on your programming skills using a practical, on-screen examination, which allows students to demonstrate their knowledge of the fundamental principles of the subject, through a problem-solving scenario using pre-release material.

In Year 2, you will have the opportunity to engage with an exciting project using cutting-edge technology and devices. This will allow you to really engage with emerging technologies and expand your knowledge into software development. There is also an exam element in a similar format to Year 1. This course complements many different A Levels, but it sits particularly well alongside Maths and Physics.

Many of our students progress onto the Higher National Certificate/Diploma in Computing at Selby College, a related degree in Computing or a Science subject at university. We are also proud to offer a pathway through to a full BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Computing at Selby College.

4 GCSEs at Grade 5 (or above), plus Grade 4 (or above) in English- in addition, a Grade 6 in GCSE Maths is required and a minimum of a Grade 5 in any GCSE which is directly related to Computer Science.

80% Exam, 20% Coursework

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