Computing Science A Level

Computer Science is a subject that requires thinking both in abstract and concrete terms. The subject demands logic and high-level numeracy skills and is concerned with creative problem-solving, modelling and analysis, designing solutions and implementing them. The subject is highly suitable for students with an interest in precision, creativity, and careful reasoning.

About the subject
Computer Science encourages learners to be inspired, motivated and challenged by following a broad, coherent, practical, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It will provide insight into, and experience of how computer science works, stimulating your curiosity and encouraging you to engage with computer science in your everyday lives and to make informed choices about further study or career choices.

The key features of this specification encourage:
Problem-solving using computers, Computer programming and algorithms, Using mathematical skills to express computational laws and processes, e.g. Boolean algebra/logic and comparison of the complexity of algorithms, There is less emphasis on ICT.
The course is split into the following three components:
1. Computer systems (40%)
2. Algorithms and programming (40%)
3. Programming project (20%)

What will you study?
Fundamentals of algorithms, Programming, Fundamentals of data representation, Computer systems, Fundamentals of computer networks, Fundamentals of cyber security, Ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology on wider society, including issues of privacy, Aspects of software development, Programming project.

Where does it lead?
Jobs directly related computer science include:
Application analyst, Applications developer, Cyber security analyst, Data analyst, Database administrator, Forensic computer analyst, Game designer, Games developer, Information systems manager,
IT consultant, Software engineer, Systems analyst, UX designer, Web designer, Web developer.

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