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Computer Science A Level at Lady Manners School

Course description

Advances in computing are transforming the way we work. The course focuses on the knowledge, understanding and skills students need to progress to higher education or thrive in the work place.

Students acquire subject knowledge, programming skills and soft skills in computational thinking and problem solving.

The project allows students to develop their practical skills in solving a realistic problem. They are encouraged to choose a problem to solve, investigate an area of personal interest, or select a topic that helps prepare them for further study at University.

Python is used as the base programming language throughout the course and students are encouraged to learn another language in their own time. Students will need access to a computer to complete homework writing computer programs.

Course content

We study the following topics:

  • Fundamentals of programming
  • Data representation
  • Systematic approach to problem solving
  • Theory of computation
  • Hardware and software
  • Computer organisation and architecture
  • Consequences of uses of computing
  • Communication and networking
  • Databases
  • The Internet
  • Algorithms
  • Functional programming
  • Object Orientated Programming
  • Non-exam assessment – the computing practical project

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in Maths and B in Computing. Students who haven’t taken GCSE Computing must consult the Curriculum Leader.

Assessment

Assessment is through two terminal exams and a coursework element (20%).

One exam is assessed through programming on the computer.

Coursework

In Year 13 students complete a project of their choice. They will produce a computer program that solves a complex coding task.

Future opportunities

Computer Science is a feature of many degree courses across a range of subjects. The course should be viewed as useful progression towards a Computer Science related degree; or as a valuable additional study in preparation for courses in management, science, engineering and technology; or as a preparation for a job in computing.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 January 2017

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