Technology is everywhere; computing is transforming the world and the way people work. This course is a subject for the future and covers the fundamentals of computer science and students develop a high level of programming skills. Almost half the course is practical where students will programme solutions to different problems as well as learning different computer algorithms. Students will also look at how computers work, the storage and processing of data and the understanding of different hardware components.
The aims of this qualification are to enable learners to develop an understanding and ability to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, analyse problems in computational terms, to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.
A national shortage of experts in this field means that those who have studied computing often have the highest employment rate.
Assessment in this course: 80% External Examination 20% Coursework Portfolio.
Students need to have achieved a minimum of 6 grades 5-9 incl. English and Maths and should be aiming to achieve a minimum grade 6 or Distinction in IT.