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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
- Operating Systems
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?
This paper tests your ability to program, as well as your theoretical knowledge of Computer Science.
On-screen exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
40% of A-level
You answer a series of short questions and write/ adapt/extend programs in an electronic answer document provided by the exam board.
This paper tests your ability to answer questions and the theory of Computer Science.
Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
40% of A-level
Compulsory short-answer and extended-answer questions.
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.
20% of A-level
Exam Board: AQA