Computer Science A-level is the new name for Computing. Computer Science is designed to develop your ‘computational thinking skills’. The aim of the qualification is to enable learners to develop their understanding and ability in the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, such as: abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation. It also helps develop the capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.
As part of the course you will learn practical programming skills; however this is also a theoretical course and you will spend much of your time learning the underlying ideas that will help you understand how programs are designed and how computers work.
Assessment for Computer Science will be a combination of written exams, practical tests, and a coursework project. You will carry out the project in the second year, putting your skills into action and developing a piece of software from initial idea to finished project.
Many students will go on to study a related field at university, or work in programming or IT. However Computer Science is also a useful subject for engineers and scientists. The skills you learn are incredibly useful and its also great fun!
Computer Science focuses on how computers work, it is more technical and mathematical. The practical work involves learning the theory of programming and how to write code. ICT focuses on how computers are used and their impact on the world. The practical work is based on using existing software such as database management systems or graphic packages. At Loreto, one department teaches Computing and ICT, and the staff work closely together. We are always very happy to discuss your choice of A-level with you one-to-one and will help you decide which course is for you! Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.