Computer Science

Information and Communication Technology

Information and Communication Technology
Information and Communication Technology
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What will you be working towards?

Code CS01
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

Why study this subject?

The study of Computer Science will allow students to develop an understanding of the core academic principles of computer science. Classroom learning is transferred into creating real-world systems through the creation of an independent programming project. Our A Level will develop the students' technical understanding and their ability to analyse and solve problems using computational thinking.

Details

The content of this A Level in Computer Science is divided into three components:

Computer systems component (01) contains the majority of the content of the specification and is assessed in a written paper recalling knowledge and understanding. 

Algorithms and programming component (02) relates principally to problem solving skills needed by learners to apply the knowledge and understanding encountered in Component 01. 

Programming project component (03) is a practical portfolio based assessment with a task that is chosen by the teacher or learner and is produced in an appropriate programming language 

Computer systems component (01)

• Unit 1: Components of a computer and their uses

• Unit 2: Systems software and applications generation

• Unit 3: Software development

• Unit 4: Exchanging data

• Unit 5: Networks and web technologies

• Unit 6: Data types

• Unit 7: Data structures

• Unit 8: Boolean algebra

• Unit 9: Legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues

Algorithms and programming component (02)

• Unit 10: Computational thinking

• Unit 11: Programming techniques

• Unit 12: Algorithms


How will it be delivered?

Paper 1: 2 hours 30 minutes; 40% of the A Level qualification

Questions drawn from Computer Systems component (01) Unit 1 to Unit 9

Paper 2: 2 hours 30 minutes; 40% of the A Level qualification

Questions drawn from Computer Systems component (01) Unit 10 to Unit 12

Programming project:

20% of the A Level qualification

The learner will choose a computing problem to work through according to the guidance in the specification.

• Analysis of the problem

• Design of the solution

• Developing the solution

• Evaluation


Entry requirements

GCSE grade 6 in Computer Science and 6 in Mathematics or 6 in Mathematics if not studied previously

Your next steps...

Please apply directly to our School if you are interested in studying this subject.

admissions@srms.kent.sch.uk