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Computer Science A Level at Tytherington School

Course description

Designed for students who have already studied GCSE Computer Science, this course expands on the concepts covered and allows the student to further develop their programming skills in an environment that encourages creative thinking and logical problem solving.

Although access at home to a computer is not compulsory most of the resources are in the form of electronic files and programming tasks that students will be required to work on outside of the lesson. It would, therefore, be advantageous for the student to have Internet access at home and a suitable PC or laptop. Software used will be open source and free.

Course content

There is a clear distinction between this specification and the GCE ICT specification. However, it is not advised that a student takes both courses as this would not provide a broad and balanced A Level experience.
 

AS – Course Content
1. Fundamentals of programming
2. Fundamentals of data structures
3. Software development
4. Theory of computation
5. Fundamentals of data representation
6. Fundamentals of computer systems
7. Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture
8. Consequences of uses of computing
9. Fundamentals of communication and networking

A Level – Course content
Units 1,2 & 4-9 above and:
1. Fundamentals of databases
2. Big Data
3. Fundamentals of functional programming

Entry requirements

Students wishing to undertake the Computer Science A Level course should have gained a grade B in GCSE Computer Science. Students who achieve grade C will be considered.
Students who do not meet this requirement may be better suited to study the ICT A Level.

Assessment

AS
Paper 1 Problem-solving, programming, data representation and a practical exercise. 50% of AS level. 1 hour 30 Minutes on-screen examination.

Paper 2 Computer components, the stored programme concept and the Internet. 50% of AS level. 1 hour 30 minutes written examination.

A Level
Paper 1 Problem-solving, programming, operating systems, databases and networking. 40% of A Level. 2 hour 30 minutes onscreen examination.

Paper 2 Fundamentals of programming. Theory written examination. 40% of A Level.

Non Exam Assessment
Computing practical project. Programmed solution to a real problem associated with a user whose needs should be taken into account when specifying, designing and implementing the solution. 20% of A Level. Coursework (internally assessed, externally moderated).

Future opportunities

This course has been designed for students who wish to go on to higher education or to employment where knowledge of computing would be beneficial.

An AS/A Level qualification in Computer Science will provide key business and personal skills, in addition to advanced software capability and a theoretical understanding of computer programming. These skills are required in a wide range of employment sectors.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 June 2015

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