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A Level Computer Science

A Level Computer Science Course


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UCAS points UCAS points: Yes

Hours to complete Hours required: 360

Support Support: 2 years

Course Format Course format: Online


Course Information

This A' Level Computer Science Course will provide you with a general understanding and perspective of the development of computer technology and systems, which will inform your decisions and support your participation in an increasingly technological dependent society.

This course will develop your knowledge and understanding of computer science through entry to higher education and also provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to seek employment in areas that use computer science.

Please note that as the awarding body is CIE, the qualification will be International A' Level / AS Level Computer Science.


Calculatue UCAS points

Modules AS Level

  • Data Representation
  • Multimedia - Graphics, Sound
  • Compression
  • Networks including the internet
  • Computers and their components
  • Logic Gates and Logic Circuits
  • Central Processing Unit (CPU) Architecture
  • Assembly Language
  • Bit manipulation
  • Operating System
  • Language Translators
  • Data Security
  • Data Integrity
  • Ethics and Ownership
  • Database Concepts
  • Database Management System (DBMS)
  • Data Definition Language (DDL) and Data Manipulation Language (DML)
  • Computational Thinking Skills
  • Algorithms
  • Data Types and Records
  • Arrays
  • Files
  • Introduction to Abstract Data Types (ADT)
  • Programming Basics
  • Constructs
  • Structured Programming
  • Program Development Lifecycle
  • Program Design
  • Program Testing and maintenance

Modules A Level

  • User-defined data types
  • File organisation and access
  • Floating-point numbers, representation and manipulation
  • Protocols
  • Circuit switching, packet switching
  • Processers, Parallel Processing and Virtual Machines
  • Boolean Algebra and Logic Circuits
  • Purposes of an Operating System (OS)
  • Translation Software
  • Encryption, Encryption Protocols and Digital certificates
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Programming Paradigms
  • File Processing and Exception Handling

Previous Knowledge Required

There are no previous entry requirements for this course, however students are expected to have a reasonable standard of literacy. You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 24 months from initial registration with the full support of your Tutor.

Assessment

Students will be required to arrange and pay for their examinations / practicals at a CAIE approved centre. We can provide an extensive list of these centres for you.

A Level Exams
There are four exams for the full A Level qualificaiton. The length of each exam is as follows:

Paper 1 - 1 hour 30 min
Paper 2 - 2 hours
Paper 3 - 1 hour 30 min
Paper 4 - 2 hours 30 min (Practical)

AS Level Exams
There are two exams for the AS Level qualification. The length of each exam is as follows:

Paper 1 - 1 hour 30 min
Paper 2 - 2 hours

For Cambridge International AS & A Level Computer Science, learners can:

  • take Papers 1 and 2 only (for the Cambridge International AS Level qualification) or
  • follow a staged assessment route by taking Papers 1 and 2 (for the Cambridge International AS Level qualification) in one series, then Papers 3 and 4 (for the Cambridge International A Level qualification) in a later series or
  • take Papers 1, 2, 3 and 4 in the same examination series, leading to the full Cambridge International A Level.

Please note: paper 4 is a practical examination. The programming tasks will be based around a small number of scenarios, learners will be assessed on their ability to write programs or program elements to solve tasks. The centre where you sit your exams must ensure that you have access to a computer that belongs to the centre and it must not have internet access or access to email.

Enrolment Fees

You can enrol online today by either paying in full or taking advantage of our easy payment plan. The first instalment will be due one month following enrolment.

Course

Payment Method

Initial Payment

Monthly Instalment

Total Payable

A Level Computer Science

Pay in Full

£320.00

Nil

£320.00

A Level Computer Science

Instalment Option

£155.00

£60.00 x 4 months

£395.00

AS Level Computer Science

Pay in Full

£295.00

Nil

£295.00

Please note the easy payment plan is not available to International Students.

Awarding Organisation

CAIE - Cambridge Assessment International Examinations

Cambridge Assessment International Education is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and their qualifications are taken in over 160 countries and recognised by universities, education providers and employers across the world.

Specification code

A' Level Computer Science CAIE: 9618



FAQs

The skills you gain from A' Level Computer Science will allow you to go into Industries as diverse as consultancies, IT service providers, telecommunications, aerospace and defence, financial services, retail, healthcare, manufacturing, agricultural, public and third sectors. Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) also have a range of computing opportunities. It is also possible to set up your own business providing IT services such as web design and consultancy.

If you specialise in computer sicence at higher education, jobs directly related to your degree include:

  • Application analyst
  • Business analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Database administrator
  • Games developer
  • Information systems manager
  • IT consultant
  • Multimedia programmer
  • SEO specialist
  • Systems analyst
  • Systems developer

Before you start your tutor will contact you to welcome you and, if you’re new to Learn Now, help you understand what study will be like. They’ll also clarify how and when they can be contacted, and how quickly they will respond to you.

Once you’ve started your tutor will mark and provide feedback on your assignments and support your progress throughout the course.


If you take the Full A Level course, there will be a practical element involved with Paper 4. you will need to ensure that the centre where you sit your exams, is able to also cater for the practical paper. For the AS Level in Computer Science, it will be 100% exam based.

Learners will need to have experience of using a high-level programming language before taking exams. The programming language we will be using throughout the course will be Python (Console mode).

With our A Level courses you receive support and access for up to two years. You can however complete the course much sooner if you wish to. You will need to check the exam dates for your A Level subject and the number of guided learning hours to ensure that you can achieve your goals.





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