Computer Science is a subject that requires thinking both in abstract and concrete terms. The subject demands logic and high-level numeracy skills and is concerned with problem solving - modelling and analysing problems, designing solutions and implementing them. The subject is highly suitable for students with an interest in precision, creativity, and careful reasoning.
Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three other GCSEs at grade 5/4 or above, including English Language. Students will be expected to have a minimum grade 6 in Mathematics or grade 5 in Computer Science. Previous experience of coding is also desirable.
You will study a range of topics to meet the demands of a future working with the latest technology in a variety of settings. The skills that are developed over the length of the course will enable you to develop solutions to computing problems faced in the world of work.
The course is split into the following three components:
1. Programming and System Development
2. Computing Architecture, Data Communication and Applications
3. Design and Create a Programmed Solution to a Problem.
In the first component you will investigate programs, data structures, algorithms, logic, programming methodologies and the impact of computer science on society. The second component investigates computer architecture, communication, data representation, organisation and structure of data, programs, algorithms and software applications. The third component gives you the opportunity to create a programming solution to a given problem using a high level programming language.
Components 1 and 2 are assessed through written examination at the end of Year 2. Component 3 is assessed through the submission of a completed coded solution to a given problem.
Enrichment and Work Experience
The course gives an insight into a variety of careers by engaging with a range of local businesses and guest speakers. There is an opportunity to do a one-week work placement. You will be proactive in finding a placement that will enable you to use your computing skills and to enrich your experience so that any applications for university or employment will show that you have good practical, as well as good academic levels of achievement.
The Computer Science project constitutes 20% of the overall grade and students will need to use a real-life client to work with in order to design and code and effective solution to a problem.
Links with other subjects:
Many subjects complement Computer Science, particularly Mathematics and Physics.
Future Career Opportunities
Successful students can progress to degree courses including computer science, information technology, media communications, business studies and communication systems. Career options are broad, you may find yourself writing code for the latest hi-tech gadgets, or mission-critical projects such as nuclear submarines, aeroplanes, or working as a hardware engineer designing the latest biometric sensors.
Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?
You will be taught by experienced teaching staff who are experts in their field. A variety of delivery styles are used to optimise your potential and you will be supported at every level to achieve the best grades you can. You will have access to industry standard software and high quality hardware resources.