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Computer Science

Computer Studies Course

WJEC A-level Computer Science

Information Technology is one of the fastest growing global industries constantly expanding and evolving. This rapid growth has led to a high demand for individuals who can produce tomorrow’s technologies.

Is this course right for me?

Learners on this course will need to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically. You will also need the ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so.

Mathematical skills form a core part of this Computer Science A-level

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy
  • English Language/Literature/First Language Welsh grade B and Maths/Numeracy grade B
  • Please check the AS Level Options Grid to see if this subject fits into your chosen programme
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to an informal interview
  • Successful completion of current/relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting

Please read the full entry requirements above as you will usually need to meet those as well.

During the course you will develop an understanding of, and the ability to apply and the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation.

By the end of the course you will have developed the ability to articulate the individual (moral), social (ethical), legal and cultural opportunities and risks of digital technology.

Units to be studied include:

  • Fundamentals of computer science
  • Practical programming to solve problems
  • Programming and system development
  • Computer architecture, data, communication and applications
  • Programmed solution to a problem

Learners also complete the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification and are required to develop their essential skills (communication/numeracy and digital skills). Learners will also attend a weekly group tutorial.

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually.

  • Written examination
  • Online examination
  • Completion of a final major project

This course can lead to a diverse range of career opportunities in a varied range of businesses including: Application analyst, Applications developer, Cyber security analyst, Data analyst, Database administrator, Forensic computer analyst, Game designer, Games developer, Information systems manager, IT consultant, Software engineer, Systems analyst, UX designer, Web designer, Web developer.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) www.ucas.com to check any entry requirements.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
  • You will need to provide your own device/laptop for parts of this course, click here to find out more
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page
  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2022/23
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Additional Information

Additional information

Level:

Mode:

Online Learning Elements?

Yes

Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, we would like to hear from you.

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What are the entry requirements?

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy
  • English Language/Literature/First Language Welsh grade B and Maths/Numeracy grade B
  • Please check the AS Level Options Grid to see if this subject fits into your chosen programme
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to an informal interview

Current student – what are the entry requirements?

Please read the full entry requirements above as you will usually need to meet those as well

  • Successful completion of current/relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting

What will I learn?

During the course you will develop an understanding of, and the ability to apply and the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation.

By the end of the course you will have developed the ability to articulate the individual (moral), social (ethical), legal and cultural opportunities and risks of digital technology.

Units to be studied include:

  • Fundamentals of computer science
  • Practical programming to solve problems
  • Programming and system development
  • Computer architecture, data, communication and applications
  • Programmed solution to a problem

Learners also complete the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification and are required to develop their essential skills (communication/numeracy and digital skills). Learners will also attend a weekly group tutorial.


Can I do this course in Welsh?

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually.


How will I be assessed?

  • Written examination
  • Online examination
  • Completion of a final major project

What can I do next?

This course can lead to a diverse range of career opportunities in a varied range of businesses including: Application analyst, Applications developer, Cyber security analyst, Data analyst, Database administrator, Forensic computer analyst, Game designer, Games developer, Information systems manager, IT consultant, Software engineer, Systems analyst, UX designer, Web designer, Web developer.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) www.ucas.com to check any entry requirements.


Do I need to bring/buy any equipment?

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
  • You will need to provide your own device/laptop for parts of this course, click here to find out more
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Are there any additional costs?

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2022/23
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Additional information

Level:

Mode:

Online Learning Elements?

Yes

Disclaimer:
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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