Where is the course delivered?
- Bridgwater campus
Who is the course for?
Computer Science is for students who have a passion for technology and want to pursue a career in this exciting and rapidly developing global industry. The course will appeal to you if you would like to become a games developer, programmer, web developer, or technical support assistant. The skills developed on this course are highly transferrable to future employment in various roles. The course sits well alongside many other A Level subjects, but is often chosen to complement Mathematics and Science subjects.
What does the course involve?
A level Computer Science is a two year course and consists of three modules:
This module is assessed via a practical programming examination, and tests a student's ability to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of Computer Science from the following subject content:
- Fundamentals of programming
- Fundamentals of data structures
- Fundamentals of algorithms
- Theory of computation
- Fundamentals of data representation and fundamentals of computer systems
- Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture
- Consequences of uses of computing
- Fundamentals of communication and networking
- Fundamentals of Databases
- Big Data
- Fundamentals of Functional Programming
- Systematic approach to problem solving
An assessed piece of coursework – the Computing Practical Project - using the knowledge and skills gained to solve a practical problem.
What makes this course special?
- Excellent Computer Science resources and access to individual networked dual monitor terminals
- Annually updated, industry standard hardware and software
- Opportunity to attend a residential course in the UK or abroad to experience technology in use in a popular theme park
- Opportunity to visit Bletchley Park, famous for cracking the Enigma code in WWII
- Staff with excellent Computer Science knowledge and experience
Minimum of five GCSEs A* to C or 9 to 5 is recommended for A Level study, including Maths and English at grade C or above. Please be advised that students with lower than a 6 in Maths are likely to find this course very difficult.
What are the assessment methods?
Formal summative assessments are in the form or one practical programming exam, and one written exam at the end of the year. Formative assessments will be carried out throughout the year in a variety of ways including coursework and homework.
Students will be required to learn to program in both Years 1 and 2 and their non-exam assessment coursework will involve an extensive investigation and programmed solution.
How long is the course?
What are the College attendance requirements?
Six hours of class time per week and an expectation for at least an equal amount of self-study in your own time. Students who are unable to make a personal commitment to this level of workload are unlikely to achieve a high grade.
What are the progression options?
Combined with other A Level subjects, most students will progress onto a Higher Education course at University Centre Somerset, in partnership with Bridgwater & Taunton College or another university.