A-Level Computer Science at Birmingham Ormiston Academy
What the subject is about?
- Fundamentals of programming
- Fundamentals of data structures
- Fundamentals of algorithms
- Theory of computation
- Fundamentals of data representation
- Fundamentals of computer systems
- Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture
- Consequences of uses of computing
- Fundamentals of communication and networking
- Fundamentals of databases
- Big Data
- Fundamentals of functional programming
- Systematic approach to problem solving
- Non-exam assessment - the computing practical project
Paper 1 – Duration: On-screen exam: 2 hours 30 minutes - 40% of total
This paper tests a student’s ability to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of Computer Science from subject content 1-4 above.
Paper 2 – Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes – 40% of total
This paper tests a student’s ability to answer questions from subject content 5-12 above.
Non-exam Assessment: 20% of total – 75 marks
The non-exam assessment assesses student’s ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve a practical problem. Students will be expected to follow a systematic approach to problem solving, as shown in section 13 above.
Attributes needed to succeed in the course
Students who take this course should:
1) Be logical and have good problem solving ability (i.e. have good Mathematical ability – GCSE Maths grade B)
2) Enjoy learning about how electronic devices work, (e.g. enjoy Science and Technology)
3) Enjoy project work and have a record of completing large pieces of project work on time.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Birmingham Ormiston Academy directly.