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Computer Science

Computer Science

Our Subject

As well as giving you an understanding of the main elements of computing, studying Computer Science A-level at Bilborough College will build your awareness of the social, economic and legal implications of using computer-based systems in a variety of situations. Please note that studying for this academic course is very different from the day-to-day use of PCs as a hobby or as a tool for other subjects. It is not about mastering the latest system available in the IT or games market (although admittedly that is fun). Programming will be an essential part of your studies and you’ll be expected to put a considerable amount of work into mastering basic programming skills using VB.NET.

You need a grade C/4 or above in both English and Maths at GCSE to study Computer Science at Bilborough, it would be beneficial if you had a grade B/5 in Maths

Our links with HE

Here in Bilborough College’s Computer Science department we are building links with Loughborough University, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Coventry, so you can visit them and take part in special lectures focusing on Computing and project management. To give you further insight into possible degree paths, former Bilborough College students who are doing Computer Science related courses at university will come in to share their experiences with you.


Course Structure

Like other A-Level’s, Computer Science is a two-year course. Over the course of the two years you will complete three components. Component one is all about ‘Programming & Systems Development’ There are nine topics to study in this component. This component will be assessed at the end of the second year by a written examination lasting for two hours and forty-five minutes worth 40% towards your final grade.

Component two is all about ‘Computer Architecture, Data Communication and Applications’ There are eight topics to study in this component and like component one will be assessed at the end of the second year by a written examination lasting for two hours and forty-five minutes worth 40% towards your final grade.

Component three is a practical component (coursework). In this component you will be putting into practice all the programming and systems development skills you learned during the first year of the course. This component will start at the beginning of the second year and be completed by Easter.


Inspiration

‘What a computer is to me …the most remarkable tool that we’ve ever come up with, and it’s the equivalent of a bicycle for the mind.’
Steve Jobs







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