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Computer Science A Level at Thurston Community College

Course description

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.

Course content

Paper 1: 40%
Computer Systems
2 Hours
This paper tests a student’s ability to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of Computer Science.

Topics include:
- 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:
2 Hours
Topics include:
- 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

Topics include:
- Analysis of the problem
- Design of the solution
- Developing the solution
- Evaluation

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B in Computer Science to ICT, GCSE grade B in Science, Level 2 Merit Cambridge National ICT, or grade 5 in Maths.

Assessment

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.

Last updated date: 29 March 2017
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