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Computer Science

COMPUTER SCIENCE A-LEVEL

Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems. It is an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, that can look at the natural world through a digital prism. Computer Science will value computational thinking, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence. The digital age needs computer scientists; like it or not you’re living in it – this is the Digital Age. Computer programmes have all but infiltrated every aspect of our lives. Computer scientists theorise, design,
develop, and apply the software and hardware for the programmes we use day in day out – sounds pretty important to us.

Course Outline

AS
• The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
• Software and software development
• Programming
• Exchanging data
• Data types, data structures and algorithms
• Legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues
• Elements of computational thinking
• Problem solving and programming
• Algorithms

A-Level
• The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
• Software and software development
• Exchanging data
• Data types, data structures and algorithms
• Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues
• Elements of computational thinking
• Problem solving and programming
• Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms

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

Assessment

AS - Exam: Computing Principles (50%)
Exam: Algorithms and problem solving (50%)
A2 - Exam: Computer systems (40%)
Exam: Algorithms and programming (40%)
Coursework: Programming project (20%)

Requirements

Minimum grade 5 in Maths, English and preferably C in Computer Science GCSE.