University courses in many other disciplines now require an understanding of computational theory, and undergraduate students in many subjects often find themselves programming their own bespoke systems for analysing final year projects and dissertations. 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 subject 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 transferable to future employment in various roles. Computer science sits well alongside all other A Level subjects but is often chosen to complement mathematics and science subjects.
Computer Science A Level topics include:
ACTIVITY SHEET – Click to download activities designed to give you a deeper understanding of the subject.
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You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 5 range, including English and maths, and you may find this subject challenging if you achieve lower than a 6 in maths.
Formal summative assessments are in the form of one practical programming exam and one written exam at the end of the second year. There is a NEA (non-examined assessment) – coursework (20%) which you start working towards in your first year.
Formative assessments will be carried out throughout the year in a variety of ways including coursework and homework.
You will be required to learn to program in both first and second year (currently our language of choice is C#) and your non-exam assessment coursework will involve an extensive investigation and programmed solution.
Most students progress to a Higher Education course at a UK university or remain at the College to study a degree at Somerset University Centre. Students who study computer science at university often have a year in industry during their third year then return to university for the final fourth year. Some students wish to progress to a Degree Apprenticeship, which is an equally wise option.
I chose computer science as one of my A Levels as it opens a lot of doors in various industries, including robotics. My new skills have helped me grasp a deeper understanding of how computers work and programming skills, which are invaluable in the world of robotics.
A Levels (Computer Science, Mathematics & Physics)