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Computer Science – A Level

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
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What will you be working towards?

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Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

Computer Science is a practical subject where learners can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems. It is an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, and can look at the natural world through a digital prism.

The course develops organisational and project management skills which are widely valued across many subjects and careers.

Details

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.

How will it be delivered?

A combination of classroom study, self study and enrichment activities.

Entry requirements

GCSE Computer Science grade 6 or above.

Your next steps...

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.

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