It is important to realise that there is a clear distinction between ICT and Computer Science/Computing.
This course has an emphasis on abstract thinking, problem-solving, algorithmic and mathematical reasoning, and requires similar thought processes to science and engineering subjects.
It is about designing new sequences of instructions (algorithms) to solve problems and is a good foundation for advanced logical reasoning.
Many computing students choose to study this subject alongside Maths and Physics and this is a combination favoured by universities.
You will study the following topic areas over the two-year course:
1. Fundamentals of programming
2. Fundamentals of data structures
3. Fundamentals of algorithms
4. Theory of computation
5. Fundamentals of data representation
6. Fundamentals of computer systems
7. Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture
8. Consequences of uses of computing
9. Fundamentals of communication and networking
10. Fundamentals of databases
11. Big Data
12. Fundamentals of functional programming
13. Systematic approach to problem solving
14. Non-exam assessment - the computing practical project
This course assessment is made up as follows
An on-screen exam (2.5 hours) makes up 40% of the A Level. This paper tests your ability to program, as well as your theoretical knowledge of Computer Science from topics 1-4. You will answer a series of short questions and write/adapt/extend programs in an Electronic Answer Document.
A written exam (2.5 hours) makes up another 40% of the A Level. This tests topic knowledge and understanding for topics 5 – 12. It is made up of compulsory short-answer and extended-answer questions.
20% coursework. This non-exam assessment assesses your ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve a practical problem.
5 GCSEs 9-4 including English at grade 5 and Maths at grad 6
It is recommended you study A Level Maths
Once you have passed this course, along with your other A Levels, it is most likely that you will progress to university to study an appropriate degree. We provide extensive support in helping you choose your university and course as well as with the UCAS application process. For those wishing to progress to a higher apprenticeship or employment we have a strong careers support team to guide you too.
On completion of the course, most students will progress to a university Degree course.
Depending on the combination of A Level subjects you choose, you may go on to a career in Engineering, Computing, Games programming, Software engineering, Business or Science.