Computer Science encourages students to develop an understanding of, and the ability to apply, the fundamentals principles and concepts of Computer Science. Building on the strong foundations developed at GCSE, A-Level students can expect to dive in to the core topics of Programming, Data Representation, Algorithms, Networking and Databases.
Computer Science is an extremely useful subject when combined with the sciences and maths for the future study of aeronautical, electrical, civil, mechanical, and chemical engineering. Those looking for a future career in systems or applications programming will find the course extremely invaluable, as will those who wish to develop their general problem solving and analytical skills alongside their other science/maths based A-Levels.
The Russell Group of universities suggest Computer Science is well aligned with the sciences. It is also a powerful choice alongside economics, and is particularly well matched to a future degree in mathematics.
At Poole High School we offer the AQA A-Level Computer Science. Assessment is at the end of year 13 and consists of two exams – a practical programming exam and a theory paper, alongside a programming project which consists of 20 percent of the final grade.
To study Computer Science at Poole High School you must have achieved GCSE Mathematics at grade 6 or above and GCSE Computer Science at grade 6 or above.