Computer Science is a rapidly developing area that influences all aspects of life. An A-level in Computer Science will develop a learner’s ability to analyse, critically evaluate and make decisions. These are all vital components of ‘post school’ life and is of particular relevance to Further Education, Higher Education and the workplace. Skills shortages in key areas of the digital economy mean there are many different careers available.
Year 12 is about developing all students programming skills to enable them to prepare for Paper 1, which is an on-screen examination. The students will be required to write, adapt and extend programs, as well as answer a series of short questions about programming, data structures and logic. By developing their programming skills this prepares them for beginning their non-exam assessment, where students will either solve or investigate a practical problem of their choice. Students will also develop their theory knowledge of computation and the consequences of uses of computing, alongside their programming skills, to prepare them for Paper 2 of the course.
Year 13 continues to develop the students programming skills for paper 1 and allows them to finalise their non-exam assessment. Further work will be done on completing a range of the theory topics in preparation for Paper 2 looking at the fundamentals of data representation, computer systems. Computer organisation and architecture and networking.
Students should aim to achieve a minimum of a grade 6 in GCSE Computer Science. You have to have studied Computer Science at GCSE to take the course for A-Level. We also expect a minimum of Level 6 in GCSE Maths.
Computer Science gives students a variety of skills that are invaluable in the modern world. By studying Computer Science students are opening up several career/further study pathways including university, apprenticeships in IT or employment. Computer Science gives students knowledge and skills that are in great demand both in academia and in the workplace. Computing is part of everything we do!