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Computer Science A Level at Forest Hill School - Sydenham and Forest Hill Sixth Form

Course description

The course is designed for students who wish to go on to higher education courses to study Computer Science and find employment in the growing knowledge economy.

The course takes an in-depth look at the hardware and software used in modern computer systems, including both theoretical computer science and practical programming experience, particularly during the Programming Project in the A-level.

The department provides a supportive environment for aspirational coders and extra-curricular activities using the network of Raspberry Pi computers and our collection of robots are strongly encouraged.

Course content

Year 12 Units:

Computing Principles

  • Characteristics of contemporary processors,
  • Operating Systems,
  • Networking,
  • Software Development,
  • Algorithms and Data Structures,
  • Legal, Moral Ethical and Cultural issues.

Algorithms and Problem solving

  • Elements of Computational Thinking
  • Problem Solving and Programming
  • Algorithm Design
  • Software Development Methodologies
  • Software Testing
  • Python Programming

Year 13 Units:

Computing Principles

  • Characteristics of contemporary processors
  • Operating Systems
  • Compilers and Interpreters
  • Databases
  • Networking 
  • Object-oriented Programming
  • Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Legal, Moral Ethical and Cultural issues

Algorithms and Problem solving

  • Elements of Computational Thinking
  • Problem Solving and Programming
  • Algorithmic Complexity
  • Software Development Methodologies
  • Software Testing
  • Python Programming.

Programming Project

  • Design, code and test software.

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE Computing is preferable and grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics. Some programming experience in a text-based language like Python or Visual Basic is required.

This course of study has an emphasis on abstract thinking, general problem-solving, and algorithmic and mathematical reasoning.

Minimum point score of 38 including Maths and English at grade 4 at GCSE. This is equivalent to 4B and 4C grades overall at GCSE. Students will also need to achieve the subject specific criteria below:

NEW GCSE POINT SCORE GCSE grade 2017 Points:

  • G 1.00
  • F 1.50
  • E 2.00
  • D 3.00
  • C 4.00
  • B 5.50
  • A 7.00
  • A* 8.50

Assessment

Reformed A levels are two year linear courses. This means that the whole course is assessed at the end of Year 13.

AS qualifications are also available in the reformed subjects and the content of these may be co-teachable with the first year of the A Level course. AS examinations for these courses are Stand Alone qualifications and do not contribute to the final A level grade.

Students starting on a reformed/linear A level in September 2017 will be required to sit a formal exam at the end of Year 12, this may be the AS Stand Alone qualification. The formal exam at the end of Year 12 will give students an important indication of how their learning is progressing and will ensure that students are ready to progress into Year 13.

Students must achieve a D grade or better in all of their A Level courses in the Year 12 examinations to progress to Year 13. Students will usually study 3 A Level subjects or BTEC equivalent although some students may be able to take 4.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Forest Hill School - Sydenham and Forest Hill Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 08 February 2017
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