Computer Science

Level: AS and A Level COURSE LENGTH: 1 or 2 years CONTACT: Mr J Collins

Our Computer Science qualifications will, above all else, be relevant to the modern and changing world of computing, and they will also be relevant to the Higher Education community.

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

These are the concepts that lie at the heart of our Computer Science qualifications.

This course is one of the newly reformed A Levels. You will be examined at the end of the first year and anyone leaving the course at that point will get an AS Level qualification. To achieve the full A Level under the new regulations you will need to take all of the assessed units together at the end of the second year of the course, including a repeat of those taken at the end of Year 12.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Students will be expected to have an A*-C GCSE in Science and Maths and an A*-B GCSE  in Computing.

FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES:

This course will be the best preparation for students who want to go on to study Computer Science at a higher level and will also provide a good grounding for other subject areas that require computational thinking and analytical skills.

Overview of AS Level in Computer Science H046)

Learners must take both components (01 and 02).

Content Overview Assessment Overview
  • 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

Computing principles

(01)

70 marks

1hour and 15 minutes

written paper

50% of total AS level

Algorithms and problem solving

(02*)

70 marks

1 hour and 15 minutes

written paper

50% of total AS level

* Indicates synoptic assessment

Overview of A Level in Computing Science (H446)

Learners must take three components (01, 02 and 03 or 01, 02 and 04).

Content Overview

Assessment Overview

  • 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

Computer systems

(01)

140 marks

2 hours and 30 minutes

written paper

40% of total A level

Algorithms and programming

(02*)

140 marks

2 hours and 30 minuts

written paper

40% of total A level

Programming project

(03* or 04**)

70 marks

Non-exam assessment

20% of total A l​evel

* Indicates synoptic assessment

** Learners who are re-taking the qualification may carry forward their mark for the non exam assessment component (04).