COMPUTER SCIENCE

This course is ideal for any student who enjoys puzzles and problem solving and is considering a career where expertise with computers and networks is important.

WHAT IS COMPUTER SCIENCE?

A-Level Computer Science is an introduction to a broad range of concepts required for anyone looking to progress further in a range of Industries and Undergraduate Degrees such as: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Systems, Data Science, Engineering and Computer Science. The course develops an understanding of the Logic and Mathematics that underpins Computer Technology, as well as the Digital Electronics that makes it work. Students learn how Algorithms are used to solve problems and learn how to convert these into Computer Programs.

WHAT IS COMPUTER SCIENCE @ DLD?

You will develop the wider skills and knowledge of the Fundamental Concepts of Computing, including the Theory of Computing Systems and Architectures, Computer Programming, the Theory and Application of Software Lifecycle Methodologies, including the Object-Orientated Paradigm. Additionally, you will gain an understanding of the impact Computer Science has on the whole of Society and how the use of Computing and Digital Technologies has Social, Ethical, Moral and Legal consequences. You will learn how to use Computational and Algorithmic Thinking Skills to solve problems and learn how to implement these solutions into an Independent Programming Project, using a High-Level Programming Language

KEY INFORMATION

Assessment:

  • Component 1: Computer Systems – Exam (40%)
  • Component 2:  Algorithms and Programming – Exam (40%)
  • Component 3:  Independent Programming Project – Coursework (20%)

Duration: 2 years (A-Level)

Exam board: OCR

WHAT DO I NEED BEFORE COMPUTER SCIENCE AT DLD?

Essential qualities:

  • Robust Mathematical, Logical and Language skills.
  • Good grades at GCSE (or equivalent).

Desirable qualities:

  • A strong interest in Problem Solving.
  • The ability to think Computationally, with a Logical mind.
  • The ability to work independently or within a team environment.
  • The ability to seek guidance and gain fresh insights.
  • The resilience to develop unique ideas and solutions.

GOOD SUBJECT COMBINATIONS

Computer Science is a great subject, giving you a wide range of practical skills and allowing you to develop an understanding of the role and impact of Computing and Digital Technologies in the world.

For students wishing to progress further in a range of Industries and Undergraduate Degrees such as: Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Engineering and Computer Science should combine Computer Science with A Level Mathematics as this is a pre-requisite at the leading Universities and much of the A2 Theory involves studying Decision Logic. Economics, Psychology and the Sciences: Physics, Chemistry and Biology, are also considered excellent combinations, as the practical skills developed will prove to be particularly useful with the increased dependence that we have on computers in our lives and the rate at which Artificial Intelligence is progressing.

WHAT DO I DO AFTER DLD?

Computer Science is a great subject, giving you a wide range of practical skills and allowing you to develop an understanding of the role and impact of Computing and Digital Technologies in the world. DLD College Alumni Computer Science students have successfully attained places at Russell Group UK Universities, including The Royal Holloway (London), Kings College (London). Alumni students have also gained prestigious International University placements, including Ivy League Universities in the USA and Canada.

A-Level Computer Science is an introduction to a broad range of concepts required for anyone looking to progress further in a range of Industries and Undergraduate Degrees such as:

  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Data Sciences / Data Analytics
  • Cyber Security / Cyber Analytics
  • Engineering (Mechanical or Electrical)
  • Physical Sciences: Physics, Chemistry, Biology
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Business Studies / Business Management / Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Psychology

If you specialise in Computer Science, careers directly related to your degree include:

  • Application analyst
  • Business analyst
  • IT Consultant
  • Data Analyst
  • SEO Specialist
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Systems Analyst
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Database Administrator
  • Games Developer
  • Multimedia Programmer
  • Systems Developer

QUESTIONS ON COMPUTER SCIENCE COURSE

Q Can I do the course in one year?
A No

Q Do I need to have studied Computing before?
A No

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS ON COMPUTER SCIENCE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

To study A Levels, your current or pending exam results should be equivalent to or higher than GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in at least 5 subjects and a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.5.

At the start of each academic year of study students following an A Level course without a pass at Level 5/Grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an Academic English score below 6.5 overall must join an Academic English training course for the duration of the academic year which will be timetabled alongside A Level lessons.

If your level of English is not sufficient to meet the entry criteria for the A Level programme you will normally be offered a place on the one year Academic Preparation Course (pre A Level) in order to bring your English skills up to the required level.