Computer Science


Course Summary:

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Computers are widely used in all aspects of business, industry, government, education, leisure and the home. In this increasingly technological age, a study of computer science, and particularly how computers are used in the solution of a variety of problems, is not only valuable to the learners but also essential to the future well-being of the country. The course will give you an insight into the modern world of technology and the impact that it has on everyone’s life. IT is an exciting, growing and challenging field. The growth in the use of computers has been unprecedented. Thomas J Watson, CEO of IBM reputedly said: “I think there is a world market for about five computers.” Just decades later computers impact every aspects everyday= life from medicine and communications to cars, security, forensics, weather forecasting and entertainment. However, there is still room for computers to progress and you could be a part of that revolution.

Higher Education Destinations:

  • MMU – Computer Science
  • The University of Bolton – Computer Networks and Security
  • The University of Salford – Computer Networks
  • Lancaster University – Software Engineering

Career destinations:

  • Software Development
  • Systems Analysis
  • IT Trainer
  • Games development
  • Website design

 

Entry Requirements:

Maths at grade 5 is essential. Students who have studied GCSE Computer Science must also achieve a minimum C grade.

Assessment Method:

Two exam papers, one written exam (70%) covering all of the theory work explored during the year and one practical paper involving problem solving, algorithm design and coding (30%).

Enrichment

If you want to do a Computing related degree, the Open University’s Young Applicants in Schools and Colleges Scheme (or YASS for short) enables students in Years 12 and 13 to study a range of undergraduate modules at first-year level alongside their AS and A levels.

This is an excellent opportunity to experience the subject at HE, encourages independent learning, builds confidence and will help to make an impression when it comes to applying to traditional universities.

Modules currently available include networks, working with information online and digital photography.

What Students Say

Holly-Sellors

“I’ve really enjoyed studying Computing at OSFC. I’ve found the course challenging at times, but have enjoyed the atmosphere in lessons and have had good support from the tutors whilst programming in Visual Basics and covering the theory elements. The facilities are great here as well and there are lots of enrichment opportunities and help with university choices” – Holly Sellors. Holly is planning to study Maths at the University of Salford when she leaves College