Computer Science A Level at Heckmondwike Grammar School
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Data Structures and Algorithms
This section looks at how computers store and use data and how instructions can be written in their most basic form to carry out tasks within the computer.
Computational Theory and Hardware
This section looks at what is happening within the computer including within the circuits when instructions are being processed.
Programming and Problem Solving
This introduction to programming and programming theory, looking at how to structure a program to solve specific tasks and also the importance of problem solving in the process of creating a programmed solution to a problem.
Grade 6 in Mathematics
May be taken at A-level without prior study at GCSE although some experience of programming would be preferred.
Paper 1: 2h 30min on screen exam on the fundamentals of programming, data structures and algorithms as well as the theory of computation.
(40% of total A level)
Paper 2: 2h 30min written exam on computational theory, databases and functional programming.
(40% of total A level)
Non Exam Assessment:
Assesses student's ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve or investigate a practical problem.
(20% of total A level)
British Informatics Olympiad
All areas of industry use computers and it is becoming more and more desirable to have the skills that a qualification in Computer Science brings. Computer Science careers include game design, software development, system designs, database administration, encryption specialist. Other careers that you can use Computer Science include scientific research, medicine, engineering, police and security services and many more.
Computing is of enormous importance to the economy, and the role of Computer Science as a discipline itself and as an ‘underpinning’ subject across science and engineering is growing rapidly. The growth in the use of mobile devices and web-related technologies has exploded, resulting in new challenges for employers and employees. For example, businesses today require an ever-increasing number of technologically-aware individuals
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heckmondwike Grammar School directly.