This is a two year course leading to an A Level qualification.
Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems.
Paper 1: Computer Systems
• The characteristics of contemporary processors
• Software and software development
• Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues
• Data types, data structures and algorithms
Assessment: written exam of 2 hours 30 minutes. 40% of A Level.
Paper 2: Algorithms and programming
• Elements of computational thinking.
• Problem solving and programming.
• Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms.
Assessment: Written exam of 2 hours 30 minutes. 40% of A Level.
Non-exam assessment: Programming project - Students will choose a computing problem to work through according to the guidance in the specification. This is an internal assessment with external moderation. 20% of A Level.
A combination of classroom study, self study and enrichment activities.
GCSE Computer Science grade 6 or above.
This qualification is suitable for students intending to pursue any career or higher education courses in which an understanding of technology is needed, such as computing or computer science, programming, software design, robotics, networking, gaming, multimedia and systems analysis.