Computer Science: A Level

Who do I speak to? Mrs. J Ayres

Why study Computing?

• Computer Science is a practical subject where you will apply principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems.

What’s it all about?

The Computer science course will inspire and challenge you to think creatively and use technical skills. The qualification is focused on programming, building on previous knowledge and emphasising computational thinking.

AS Level:

You will learn about computer principles (characteristics of contemporary systems architecture and operating systems, introduction to programming, data types, algorithms, Boolean algebra and legal and ethical issues)

You will also learn about algorithms and problem solving (computational thinking, programming techniques, software development and algorithms and scenario based tasks).

A Level:

Computer Systems: you will learn about software and its development, types of programming languages, data types, Boolean algebra and legal moral and ethical issues

You will also learn about algorithms and programming; programming and problem solving, algorithm efficiency and design and computational thinking

Programming project: You will learn to analyse a problem, design a solution and implement that solution.

When will I be assessed?

• AS Level: There will be 2 exam papers, one about computing principles and the other about algorithms and problem solving. They are 1 hour 15 minutes and are worth 70 marks – 50% of the overall grade each paper

A Level: There are 2 exam papers, Computer Systems worth 40% and is 140 marks – this is 2 hours 30 mins. The second is algorithms and programming worth 40% and 140 marks and is 2 hours 30 mins. You will also complete a programming project in class that is worth 20% of the overall mark and is 70 marks.

What could it lead to?

• This specification has been designed for students who wish to go on to higher education courses or employment where knowledge of Computing would be beneficial

• Computing prepares you for a career in computing, medicine, law, security, business, politics or any type of science or human-science.

Additional entry requirements?

• Students require a C grade or equivalent in ICT or Computing at GCSE.