Computer Science A level is not just about learning to use tools or training in a programming language, instead the emphasis is on computational thinking. Computational thinking is a kind of reasoning used both by humans and machines and is an important life skill. Thinking computationally means using abstraction and decomposition. The study of computation is about what can be computed and how to compare it. Computer Science involves questions that have the potential to change how we view the world.
Students will develop skills of analysis and problem solving throughout the course.
A grade 5 in GCSE Maths, and a grade 5 or above in GCSE Computer Science (if taken). Students should have the commitment to practice programming independently. Students will also need a high level of organisation, the ability to prioritise workloads and to be able to work through problems until they find a solution.
This is a demanding course that works well with other subjects, especially those that also require analytical and logical thinking skills. Tenacity, along with the other skills required to be a successful computer scientist are attributes that are widely recognized by both employers and higher education institutions.
Employment opportunities in the field of Computing, Computer Science and Technology are widely recognized as a current growth area in the UK and as such careers in this area are constantly developing and evolving, including such areas as Software Development, Computer Security, Games Development and Network Analysis.