Computer Science (A Level)

Interested in what makes computers tick? Want an introduction to computing? If you like solving problems and you can think logically then Computer Science is the subject for you.

You will be given the opportunity to study current computer applications; high level language programming and systems analysis and design. Computing combines well with all Sciences, Mathematics, Product Design, Interactive Media and many other subjects.

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Course Insight Subject Highlights

Topics you will study
Component one – Principles of Computer Science:
  • Boolean Algebra
  • Numbers Systems
  • Data Structures
  • Databases
  • Data Security and Compression Techniques
  • Web Based Programming
  • Programming Constructs
  • Problem Solving
Component two – Algorithms and Programming:
  • Contructs
  • Computational Thinking
  • Thinking Logically
  • Recursion
  • Abstraction
  • Problem Solving
Component three – Project Work:
  • Working with Stakeholders
  • Analysing Requirements
  • Building Long Program
  • Testing an Evaluation
Progression Routes – What’s in it for me?

Students who take this subject may study Engineering, Software Engineering, Computing Science, Games Technology, Information Technology, Information Systems and many other subjects.

Assessment:                            Awarding Body:

Exams – 100%                                             OCR

Results 2016: 100%
Key Features:
  • Learn how to write programs using programming languages and write your own simple games.
  • Learn problem solving techniques which allow you to break the problem into small, manageable pieces.
  • Apply what you learnt to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence.
  • Clear progression into higher education.
Stoke6th Graduate Attributes
How SFC will help you to boost your CV by developing your skills and qualifications…

By studying computing you will learn how computer hardware and software work as well as learning programming fundamentals and problem solving skills. You will be able to apply your knowledge in programming to solve real life problems.

You’ll evidence and enhance the Stoke6th Graduate Attributes during this course. Resilience, independent of thought, communication skills, problem solving skills and the contribution of creative ideas will all be encouraged throughout the Computer Science course.

You will have continuous support through very well designed online resources including e-books accessible from home as well as College.

What our students say…

“Computer Science is an interesting subject, it was new to me as I never studied Computing before. Programming is very interesting and allowed me to learn how to write computer programs and games. A Level Computing requires time, effort and continuous work. My grade in Computing allowed me to study Software Engineering at University.”