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Computer Science A level at Balcarras School

Course description

Computer science is a challenging subject that asks students to think in a computational way. There is an emphasis on abstract thinking, problem solving and reasoning using analytical, logical and creative skills.

The course itself is very challenging and covers computing fundamentals, looking in depth at computer architecture, programming and internet technologies.

Entry requirements

For students wishing to take computer science a B in mathematics GCSE is essential and a B in an IT-based course (preferably computing GCSE) is desirable. All applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Assessment

Examination Board – OCR

AS-level

Unit 1: Computing principles, 1¼ hrs written paper 70 marks - 50% of total AS-level

Unit 2: Algorithms and problem solving, 1¼ hrs written paper 70 marks - 50% of total AS-level problem solving

A-level

Unit 1: Computer systems, 2½ hrs written paper 140 marks - 40% of total A-level

Unit 2: Algorithms and programming, 2½ hrs written paper 140 marks - 40% of total A-level

Unit 3: Programming project Non exam assessment 70 marks - 20% of total A-level

Future opportunities

This course is an excellent way to prepare for degree-level study in areas such as computer science, programming, software and systems design or engineering. It is also effective as career entry and industry preparation.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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