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A Level: Computer Science at The City of Leicester College

Course description

Computer Science is a practical subject where learners 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. The course highly values computational thinking, helping learners to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence.

Entry requirements

For all Level 3 subjects five or more GCSE’s are required at grade C including Grade 5 in Maths & English Language. All students must continue with Maths and English if they have not achieved a Grade 4.

The minimum requirement will be 5 grade C’s at GCSE. Two of which should be Maths (Grade B) and English Language. Previous knowledge of the subject is desirable, but not essential.

 

                            

Assessment

The AS Course is assessed at the end of one year over two components.

The computing principles component contains the majority of the content of the specification and is assessed in a written paper recalling knowledge and understanding.  The exam paper is worth 50% of the AS course, lasts 1 hour 15 minutes, and has 70 marks available.

The algorithms and problem solving component relates principally to problem solving skills needed by learners to apply the knowledge and understanding encountered in the Computing principles component. The exam paper is also worth 50% of the AS course, lasts 1 hour 15 minutes, and has 70 marks available.

The A2 course is assessed at the end of two years over three components.  The AS course does not contribute to this.

The computing principles component contains the majority of the content of the specification and is assessed in a written paper recalling knowledge and understanding.  The exam paper is worth 40% of the A2 course, lasts 2 hour 30 minutes, and has 140 marks available.

The algorithms and problem solving component relates principally to problem solving skills needed by learners to apply the knowledge and understanding encountered in the Computing principles component. The exam paper is also worth 40% of the A2 course, lasts 2 hour 30 minutes, and has 140 marks available.

The programming project component is a practical portfolio based assessment with a task that is chosen by the teacher or learner and is produced in an appropriate programming language of the learner’s or teacher’s choice.  The project is worth 20% of the A2 course and has 70 marks available.

Future opportunities

Computing is classified as one of the sciences by most institutions, giving students maximum flexibility when considering further/higher education choices. Degree courses can be followed in:

Information Systems.

Computer Science.

Software Engineering.

Forensic Computing.

Business and Management.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 21 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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