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You do not need to have prior knowledge of Computing but this is an academically demanding course.

You will learn through practical application, research and interactive activities how to solve problems using programming.

You should be prepared to spend time learning how to program and developing skills which will be of use in the workplace.

Computer Science is the fastest growing subject at both GCSE and A level and is a key area for job prospects in an increasingly digital age.

Assessment

Two exams at AS level both with 50% weighting. One is on-screen with access to previously released skeleton code. One is a written exam.

At A2 there are two exams again (40% weighting each) plus a project (20%). The AS exams do not count towards the A2 grade as this is the new type of A-level.

Entry Requirements

An average GCSE score of 5.80 or above. Grade 6 or better in GCSE Maths.

Average GCSE Scores

Please note that for some of our courses, we require a minimum average GCSE score.
We use average GCSE scores to ensure our students enrol on courses where they have the greatest opportunity to succeed.

- - 9
A* - 8
A - 7
B - 6
C - 5
D - 4
E - 3
F - 2
G - 1

How to work out your average GCSE Score
To calculate your score, take your best eight GCSE qualifications which must include GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths. To work out each point score, add them all together and then divide the total by eight.

BTEC Firsts, CiDA, DiDA, Functional Skills Level 1/2, GCSE Short Courses, OCR Vocational & ECDL qualifications are not counted towards Average GCSE Scores however we do take them into consideration when assessing overall academic achievement and your suitability for BTEC and other vocational courses. 

There may be other requirements you need to meet, in order to enter EN on the desired programme you wish to study. If at any time you have any questions or queries please e-mail admissions@eastnorfolk.ac.uk. We will be happy to advise you further.

EN reserves the right to change our Entry Requirements to match the needs of our students.


Content

AS:

  • The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
  • Software and software development
  • Exchanging data
  • Data types, data structures and algorithms
  • Legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues
  • Elements of computational thinking
  • Problem solving and programming
  • Algorithms
  • Floating Point Binary Arithmetic

A2: As above plus

  • Fundamentals of databases
  • Big Data
  • Tree navigation
  • Fundamentals of functional programming
  • Systematic approach to problem solving

Non-exam assessment – the computing practical project (NEA)

    Outcome/Progression

    A qualification in Computer Science is highly desirable to all employers/universities as Computer Scientists are in demand in this ever increasingly technological age.

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    Course Information

    Level

    A level

    Course Work

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