The areas studied within this course are contained in five modules, comprising one theory and one programming exam (CS1, CS2) at AS Level and two theory and one coursework module in Year 2 (CS3, CS4, CS5).
B grades at GCSE mathematics and English are required to undertake this course (or Computer Science at GCSE).
The course is extensive and includes:
- Computer programming
- Creating computer software, e.g. database programming, games programming, app development
- The fundamental principles of computer science including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation
- Analysing problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems
- Date types and data structures
- File organisation and database systems
- Producing structured solutions to computer problems
- System design and analysis
- System testing
- Operating systems
- Computer systems architecture
- Mathematics and theory of computer science
From mobile apps and satellite navigation to movies' special effects and auto-pilots, new technologies need reliable, usuable software.
Updated July 2017
Staying with Gower College Swansea, you could progress on to the Foundation Degree IT Management for Business.
Progression to a university course - as computer programs and applications are an integral part of every aspect of modern life and because of the many transferable skills developed, this subject is suitable for study in combination with many other subjects, both at A Level and in higher education.
All industries now employ computer specialists, as well as the high demand in the technology sector itself. The skill set developed will benefit any career. As so few centres offer this A Level, it is not currently a requirement for entry to a Computer Science degree, but many now offer reduced grade requirements if you have this A Level and you greatly improve your chances of success. Computer Science graduates are in great demand and command high salaries.
Patrick Jagus on 01792 890700