This course is aimed at adult learners who are looking at achieving a qualification in computer science. It is suitable for anyone who has some knowledge of computers and wishes to formalise that knowledge in preparation for a more advanced course. On this course, you’ll get to work on real-world programming and gain a solid understanding of the fundamentals of computer science.
This course will cover the following subjects:
- the fundamentals of algorithms
- the fundamentals of data representation
- computer systems
- the fundamentals of computer networks
- the fundamentals of cyber security
- the ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology on wider society, including issues surrounding privacy
- aspects of software development
- programming projects.
You will need to hold a grade D/4 or higher in English and Maths GCSE, plus have a basic understanding of computing. This will need to be demonstrated at the first session before enrolment.
Assessment will be via examinations and coursework. There are two exam papers which are sat at the end of the course, plus an assessed programming project.
On successful completion of this course, you may wish to progress to the Access Computing course at the College.
Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.