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15/12/17

News: Pupils will finish at 1:35 on Wednesday 20th December for the Christmas holidays 🎄

14/12/17

It’s our amazing breakfast reading morning tomorrow from 7:30am. Come and read and have a free breakfast on us 📖🍳🥓 https://t.co/NCdjTnYIl1

14/12/17

Retweetd From HPAMA

Another day, another show! Today Y2 are watching perform Bugsy Malone https://t.co/iyzWY6YshB

14/12/17

Enjoy 😊

14/12/17

Retweetd From Kim Jade

Enroute to CERN with our a-level physics students. Far too excited

23/11/17

Just a reminder for tonight 😊

23/11/17

A really informative day so far- brilliant to see 👍🏻 https://t.co/poQy6n5STS

23/11/17

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In with team for for Yr12 https://t.co/lZdES7pIVl

23/11/17

Retweetd From NELFT ScHS Thurrock

Student drop-ins at lunch time today: and both with . If you can't attend you can still speak to us via https://t.co/fvoQpHDJvD

22/11/17

Retweetd From Luis Amador

HACH’s finest... a pretty good teachmeet. https://t.co/TTMcJ6klJX

22/11/17

You are all welcome to our sixth form opening evening tomorrow night, starting at 6pm until 8 👍🏻😁

22/11/17

Retweetd From Miss Hollingbery

What an amazing turnout and presentations https://t.co/GICV2I6j93

21/11/17

Retweetd From HACH Geography

A blustery day at Mersea today - well done year 11 for getting stuck in with some ‘proper geography’ in preparation for the mocks https://t.co/kjeBZe5DJl

21/11/17

We hope you all had a brilliant day at the kids lit quiz 2017- keep reading 😁 https://t.co/Vgs6r7E8TG

21/11/17

Wow what an amazing day at the Kids Lit Quiz today. Fantastic effort to all involved 👌🏻📚👍🏻😁 https://t.co/suZDkKrCwS

20/11/17

Just a reminder we have our sixth form open evening this Thursday evening from 6pm- All welcome 😁

12/11/17

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and Michelle Harrison https://t.co/wsQ01XT1FF

09/11/17

Retweetd From HACH BEC

How about a retweet to raise awareness of our twitter account?

20/10/17

Happy half term everyone 👍🏻 see you all back on Monday 6th November

20/10/17

Retweetd From HACH PE DEPT

Year 7 5-a-side borough champions!!! Mr Bridges https://t.co/Bn0t47Dy1i

Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

Computer Science

Computer Science

Entry Criteria

An average Attainment 8 score of 5.5 as well as a Grade 5 in English Language or Literature and Grade 6 in Maths. In addition to this a GCSE Grade 6 in Physics. A GCSE Grade 6 in ICT or Computer Science is preferred.

What is Computer Science?

The Computer Science course builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills established at Key Stage 4 and encourages you to develop a broad range of the knowledge, understanding and skills of computing, as a basis for progression into further learning and/or employment.

The course will encourage and enable you to have -

  • an understanding of, and the ability to apply, the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • the ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so
  • the capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • the capacity to see relationships between different aspects of Computer Science

Mathematical skills related to:

  • Boolean algebra
  • comparison and complexity of algorithms
  • number representations and bases.
  • the ability to articulate the individual (moral), social (ethical), legal and cultural opportunities and risks of digital technology.

Year 1 Course Content

  • Fundamentals of data structures
  • Systematic approach to problem solving
  • Theory of computation
  • Fundamentals of data representation
  • Fundamentals of computer systems
  • Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture
  • Consequences of uses of computing
  • Fundamentals of communications and networking

Year 2 Course Content

  • Problem Solving
  • Programming
  • Operating Systems
  • Databases
  • Networking

Jobs within Computer Science may include the following:

  • Database administrator.
  • Games developer.
  • Information systems manager.
  • IT consultant.
  • Multimedia programmer.
  • Network engineer.
  • Systems analyst.
  • Systems developer.

How will you be assessed?

Paper 1

This paper tests your ability to program, as well as your theoretical knowledge of Computer Science.

Assessment

On-screen exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

40% of A-level

Questions

You answer a series of short questions and write/ adapt/extend programs in an electronic answer document provided by the exam board.

Paper 2

This paper tests your ability to answer questions and the theory of Computer Science.

Assessment

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

40% of A-level

Questions

Compulsory short-answer and extended-answer questions.

 Non-exam assessment

The non-exam assessment assesses your ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve or investigate a practical problem. You will be expected to follow a systematic approach to problem solving.

Assessment

75 marks

20% of A-level

Exam Board: AQA