Computational thinking is at the core of Computer Science. It allows us to model problems in ways that enable us to develop effective solutions using skills like abstraction, inference and algorithm design. The impact of computing on all individuals and society as a whole will continue to increase and the need for problem-solvers able to meet these challenges head-on is paramount. If you want to be challenged intellectually, and have a keen interest in programming, then this course will be very rewarding.
What do you need to apply for the course?
You’ll need 5 GCSE’s at grade C (new grade 4) including English Language and Maths at grade B (new grade 6).
What are the key things you’ll learn?
- Programming & Problem Solving
- Data Structures, Algorithms and Computation
- Data Representation
- Computer Systems, Organisation and Architecture
- Consequences of Uses of Computing
- Communication & Networking
- Databases & Big Data
- Functional Programming
- Practical Project (non-exam assessment)
How you will learn
You will be taught using a range of teaching techniques including lectures, group work, quizzes and collaboration via the latest technologies. You will complete projects set with an employer focus and gain valuable experience through realistic working environments.
Year 1 (AS – does not contribute to Year 2 grade)
- On-screen exam: 1 hour 45 minutes (50% of AS)
- Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (50% of AS)
- On-screen exam: 2 hour 30 minutes (40% of A-level)
- Written exam: 2 hour 30 minutes (40% of A-level)
Project (no exam): 75 marks (20% of A-level)
Where could this course take you?
University (degree), degree apprenticeships or work.
You can also use the qualification to help you on to a higher education course at Sunderland College or university.
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*source GoCareer.io correct as of June 2017.