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Computer Science A-Level at Clevedon School

Course description

Computer Science will above all else be relevant to the modern and changing world of Computing. 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.

Course content

This qualification has an emphasis on problem solving using computers, computer programming and algorithms, the mathematical skills used to express computational laws and processes (Boolean algebra/Boolean logic) and comparison of the complexity of algorithms. Less emphasis on ICT.

AS

Computing Principles

  • Characteristics of contemporary systems architecture: Operating systems
  • Software and software development: Introduction to programming
  • Exchanging data: Databases, networks and web technologies
  • Data types, representation and structures: Using Boolean algebra
  • Legal and ethical issues: Computing-related laws

Algorithms and Problem Solving

  • Elements of computational thinking: Understanding computational thinking
  • Problem solving and programming: Programming techniques, Software development methodologies
  • Algorithms: Analysis and design

A2

Computing Principles

  • Characteristics of contemporary systems architecture: Operating systems
  • Software and software development: Introduction to programming
  • Exchanging data: Databases, networks and web technologies
  • Data types, representation and structures: Using Boolean algebra
  • Legal and ethical issues: Computing-related laws

Algorithms and Problem Solving

  • Elements of computational thinking: What is meant by computational thinking
  • Problem solving and programming: How computers are used to solve problems and programs can be written to solve them
  • Algorithms: The use of algorithms to describe problems and standard algorithms

Programming Project:

  • Candidates select their own user-driven problem of an appropriate size and complexity to solve. This will enable them to demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the Assessment Objectives: Analysis of the problem, Design of the solution, Implementation of the solution, Evaluation.

Entry requirements

ADMISSION ONTO LEVEL 3 COURSES

In order to be admitted onto Level 3 courses, students should satisfy all the following requirements:

  • At the end of Year 11 secure a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C at GCSE.
  • Secured at least a grade B at GCSE in the subject that the student wishes to study at Post 16, or the same grade in a related subject where it has not been previously studied GCSE.
  • Have demonstrated, through their previous education career, the level of self-motivation and commitment required for Post 16 study.

NB. In exceptional cases one or more of the above requirements may be waived at the discretion of the Headteacher or his designated member of staff. The school reserves the right not to admit onto the requested course, despite meeting the above requirements, if on educational grounds it is not considered to be appropriate to the needs and ability of the student concerned.

Assessment

Assessment for AS is 2 terminal papers (1 for each module), each paper is worth 50%. 

Assessment for A Level is 2 terminal papers (modules 1 and 2), each paper is worth 40%. There is also the internally assessed and externally moderated Programming Project module, worth 20%.

Future opportunities

If students wish to progress to higher education many universities now recognise the value of an A Level qualification in Computer Science and can study degrees in: Computing, Computer Science, Forensic Computing, Software Development and Software Engineering. Students could then go on to a career in Computing, Engineering or any of the Sciences.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Clevedon School directly.

Last updated date: 05 May 2015

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