Computer Science A Level at Thurston Community College
Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It's an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, and can look at the natural world though a digital prism.
Paper 1: 40%
This paper tests a student’s ability to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of Computer Science.
- The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
- Software and software development
- Exchanging data
- Data types, data structures and algorithms
- Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues
Paper 2: 40%
Algorithms and Programming:
- Elements of computational thinking
- Problem solving and Programming
- Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms
Programming Project: 20%
The learner will choose a computing problem to work through according to the guidance in the specification
- Analysis of the problem
- Design of the solution
- Developing the solution
GCSE grade B in Computer Science to ICT, GCSE grade B in Science, Level 2 Merit Cambridge National ICT, or grade 5 in Maths.
80% External Examination
20% Non-exam assessment
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thurston Community College directly.