A Level Computer Science was in the vanguard of the movement to develop more demanding A Level courses and exams. It was designed to replace the less academic IT and Computing type A Level Courses. Studying Computer Science at A Level means that it is possible to consider A Level combinations such as Maths, Physics and Computer Science, or,or, Maths, Further Maths and Computer Science, or, for the more ambitious, Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computer Science, Such combinations may be attractive for home educated students who need to obtain relevant A Levels to apply for University Computer Science, Physics, Electronics or Engineering courses. to The skills learned in studying A Level Computer Science can prove very advantageous when doing engineering or physics degree courses as these involve extensive use of computer programs such as Matlab and Simulink for modeling, signal and image processing and mathematical problem solving. Another consideration is that computer programming skills learned at this level can be used to earn money as a software programmer e.g. during holidays, or part time in the evenings. If required these course can be supplemented with practical courses in web design and web application development using e.g. PHP, Ruby or Java.
As well as providing face to face tuition Carshalton Tutorial College provides distance learning courses for the CIE board. These distance learning courses can also be used to prepare for exams run by other boards such as e.g. Edexcel or OCR. When taking exams for those boards there is a computer science practical project that needs to be submitted and assessed, and students will need to make their own arrangements for submitting such projects and having them assessed.
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