Please Note: It is useful to have taken Computer Science at GCSE, but not essential
A Level Computer Science focuses on the fundamental concepts of computer a architecture and the developments of software. The theory component of the course investigates topics such as hardware, networking, algorithms, data structures and computational mathematics. The coursework component is weighted at 20% and students are required to undertake an in depth programming project to solve a realistic problem. If you want to learn about computer programming and enjoy solving problems, you will find this subject interesting.
Computational thinking – developing the understanding, ability to analyse and to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science including; abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation.
Component 1 (40%): Computer Fundamentals
Component 2 (40%): Algorithms and Programming
Component 3 (20%): Coursework
I really enjoy how we develop problem solving skills to apply to a wide range of tasks. The challenge and freedom to think independently is great.
-Computer Science Student
You will develop analytical and problem solving skills in addition to; analysis, design, software development, documentation, testing and evaluation of a system leading to a solution to the given problem.
Many of our students go on to university or degree apprenticeships in engineering, computer science and software engineering.
Computer Science focuses on how computers work, it is more technical and mathematical. The practical work involves learning the theory of programming and how to write code. ICT focuses on how computers are used and their impact on the world. The practical work is based on using existing software such as database management systems or graphic packages. At Loreto, one department teaches Computing and ICT, and the staff work closely together. We are always very happy to discuss your choice of A-level with you one-to-one and will help you decide which course is for you! Contact us via the website.
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