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Computer Science AS/A2 at Notley High School and Braintree sixth form

Course description

Advances in computing are transforming the way we work and the new 2015 Computer Science qualification from the AQA exam board offers an up-to-date syllabus that focuses on the knowledge, understanding and skills students need to progress to higher education or thrive in the workplace. This replaces older courses such as AS/A2 Computing.

In addition to programming (using Python, or one of the other approved languages) and learning the fundamentals of computers systems and architecture, students are taught a systematic approach to problem solving. The course involves a strong mathematical element including the use of Boolean algebra.

The AS level covers:
  • Fundamentals of programming
  • 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 communication and networking
Additionally the A level covers:
  • Fundamentals of databases
  • Big Data
  • Fundamentals of functional programming
  • Fundamentals of algorithms
  • Non-exam assessment - the computing practical project

Entry requirements

Students will require a minimum of a grade B in GCSE Mathematics. Grade B or higher in GCSE Computing, or its equivalent, is also desirable.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Notley High School and Braintree sixth form directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years