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Computer Science A Level at St Benedict's Catholic High School

Course description

A Level Computer Science is one of two A Level ICT and Computing courses on offer to Sixth Form students at St Benedict’s.

A Level Computer Science from the exam board OCR, aims to build on students’ computing skills gained at Key Stage 4. Specifically, it aims to encourage students to develop:

  • an understanding of, and ability to apply, the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation;
  • the ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so;
  • the capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically;
  • the capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science;
  • mathematical skills;
  • the ability to articulate the individual (moral), social (ethical), legal and cultural opportunities and risks of digital technology.

Entry requirements

We want students who:

  • Are motivated and willing to work hard.
  • Are willing to complete independent tasks in study time in school and at home.
  • Have an interest in ICT/computing based issues.

Assessment

The course is split into a number of units:

Year 12 – AS Level

  • Unit 1 will be a written paper and will focus on the principles of computing – 50%
  • Unit 2 will be a written exam paper and will focus on algorithms and problem solving – 50%

Year 13 – A2 Level

  • Unit 1 will be a written examination theory paper and will focus on computing principles – 40%
  • Unit 2 will be a written paper that will focus on algorithms and problem solving – 40%
  • Unit 3 will be a coursework and will focus on developing a programming project – 20%

In addition to these externally assessed pieces of work, students will receive on-going assessment and feedback through project mark sheets for the coursework topics to feedback on their exam skills from written questions.

Future opportunities

The course will allow you to access a wide range of further education courses at University including a degree in ICT or Computing which could lead to a career in Business Management, Engineering, Computer Games Programming, Graphic Design or Mathematics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Benedict's Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 17 March 2017

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