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Computer Science (GCE)

Information and Communication Technology

Information and Communication Technology
Information and Communication Technology
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code Computer Science
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

Why study Computer Science?

The study of Computer Science is about developing an approach to problem solving that involves developing IT systems using your own programs.

It’s mainly about developing and using your own programming skills. Along side the programming you will look at how and why a computer works, what peripherals are available and how these communicate with each other.

The system lifecycle involves analysis, design, development/prototyping and evaluating computer systems. As you’re aware computing is constantly evolving with new technologies being developed and new uses for those technologies being developed almost daily so you will be required to keep up to date with current IT industry developments and you’ll be expected to read, watch and explain the IT news.

Details

Content Overview

The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices

Software and software development

Exchanging data

Data types, data structures and algorithms

Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues

Elements of computational thinking

Problem solving and programming

Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms The learner will choose a computing problem to work through according to the guidance in the specification.

Analysis of the problem

Design of the solution

Developing the solution

Evaluation

How will it be delivered?

Computer systems (01) 140 marks 2 hours and 30 minutes written paper 40% of total A level

Algorithms and programming (02*) 140 marks 2 hours and 30 minutes written paper 40% of total A level

Programming project (03* or 04**) 70 marks Non-exam assessment 20% of total A level

Entry requirements

The aim of our entry criteria policy is to ensure students are taking courses they are well suited to and are able to make progress in. We seek to provide courses well matched to the needs of our students, helping them to follow their chosen progression pathway.

Our main College entry requirements are as follows;

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five 9-4 grades at GCSE, including English and Maths (at least to Level 4) from five different subject areas.

Purely vocational pathway require a minimum of four 9-4 grades at GCSE, including English and Maths (at least to Level 4) from four different subject areas.

There will be three pathways which students can follow based on an average grade produced from their seven best GCSE results. The calculation being used for this van be seen overleaf.

Pathway

Average Grade

Programme of study

1

Average grade of 7 or higher

3 or 4 A Levels

2

Average grade of 5 to 6.9

3 A Levels or a mixed A Level and Vocational pathway

3

Average grade of less than 5

Mixed (A Level and Vocational) or Vocational pathway

The method for calculating your average grade and additional subject requirements are within our full entry criteria document which can be found on the Sixth Form section of our website:

http://home.shelleycollege.org/sixth-form/how-to-apply

As well as our general entry requirements, there are certain subjects which hold individual expectations based on GCSE outcomes. 

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