Computer Science

Nafisa Shah
Nafisa Shah

WHAT IS COMPUTER SCIENCE?

Computer Science is a challenging but exciting subject that provides the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of how computer systems and software are developed. In Computer Science, there is a great emphasis on problem solving which means being able to analyse problems in a logical way and devise solutions that are used in the real world.

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?

Studying Computer Science at Rochdale Sixth Form College will effectively prepare you for further study in the world of Computing, ICT or Business as well as developing a range of transferable skills that will support you in progression to a variety of courses/roles.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM COMPUTER SCIENCE?

You will develop an in-depth understanding of computer science theory and develop your practical skills in both the use of software and programming languages. You will develop your analytical, logical and problem-solving skills through the application of your learning to real-world scenarios.

HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?

Assessment is through examinations and coursework with 20% of your final grade from coursework. You will complete two examinations at the end of the second year.

WHO IS THE COURSE SUITABLE FOR?

If you enjoy problem solving and completing complex challenges using coding then you will enjoy this subject. Anybody considering becoming a programmer or a software developer in the future would be an ideal candidate to study Computer Science.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH AN A-LEVEL IN COMPUTER SCIENCE?

Completing an A-Level in Computer Science will give you many opportunities to study a broad range of courses at University related to computing. These include (but not limited to) programming, complex web design, software development, testing and networking. a broad range of courses at University related to computing. These include (but not limited to) programming, complex web design, software development, testing and networking.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

You will study three units throughout the two year course; completing two examinations at the end of the two years. You will also complete one piece of coursework in the form of a project which will contribute towards your final grade.

COMPONENT 1

Component 1 is worth 40% of the A-Level and will be assessed at the end of year two in the form of an exam. In this unit you will learn how computers operate internally, the theory behind programming and the Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues of computing.

COMPONENT 2

Component 2 is worth 40% of the A-Level and will be assessed at the end of year two in the form of an exam. This unit builds upon the problem solving, algorithm design and programming skills that you learned in component 1 and teaches you to apply them to practical situations.

COMPONENT 3

Component 3 is worth 20% of the A-Level and will be assessed in the form of a project. You will decide on a problem, analyse the problem, design a computer based solution, program/develop the solution and evaluate your project work.

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSE grades at A* - C, or 4 – 9, across four separate subjects, to include GCSE Mathematics and/or English/English Language.
  • In addition, a grade B, or 6, is required in GCSE Mathematics.