Computer Science is not about learning to use tools or just training in a programming language (though you will do both). Instead the emphasis is on computational thinking which is a kind of reasoning used by both humans and machines. Computer Science involves questions that have the potential to change how we view the world e.g. we may be computing with DNA in the future, with computer circuits made of genes. This leads to the question, does the natural world compute?
Awarding Organisation: AQA
Reformed/Linear A-Level: Yes
More information: Mr D Stephenson
GCSE Grade 5+ in Mathematics and Grade 5+ in Computing (if studied), plus the standard Sixth Form entry requirements.
Students sit three examinations worth 80% at the end of Year 13.
Thesis like research project into a computing topic or the development of a programmed solution for a real world client worth 20%.
Post 18 Opportunities
This course, with its emphasis on abstract thinking, general problem solving, algorithmic and mathematical reasoning, scientific and engineering-based thinking, is a good foundation for those who wish to go on to higher education courses or employment where knowledge of computing would be beneficial. You can study computing and go onto a career in medicine, law, business, politics or any type of science.
Destinations of students in the last two years:
- Cardiff University – Computer Science
- Newcastle University - Computer Science
- Nottingham University – Computing Science with Artificial Intelligence
- Oxford University - Physics
- Reading University – Cybernetics
Students are required to purchase text books but we will provide all the software needed for the course.