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Computer Science A Level at Beths Grammar School

Course description

This course concentrates on the technical aspects of Computing, and you will learn how to program in a variety of languages, as well as use various integrated development environments available within the industry. The course aims to deliver the fundamentals of computing and computational theory through the design, development and testing of algorithms to solve complex problems, as well as an understanding of the underlying technologies that support this discipline. You will learn to reflect critically on the role of the computer in society, and to consider the positive and negative effects of its use. Fundamentally, you will learn how to make a computer follow the instructions you set out, and understand how to model common real-world problems in code.

Course content

A Level: Each examined module contributes 40% to the A Level course, and the coursework a further 20%

Unit 1: Computer Systems - 2hr 30 min written paper

Students will be assessed on the use and operation of the processor and additional devices, industrial software development methodologies and programming techniques, and the legal and ethical issues regarding the user of computers.

Unit 2: Algorithms and Programming - 2hr 30 min written paper

Students will be assessed on elements of computational thinking, problem solving and programming, and the design and development of more complex algorithms.

Unit 3: Computing Project

A significant independent coursework produced over the year, involving a considerable amount of programming in a high level language.


AS-level: Each of these modules contribute to 50% of the AS Course

Unit 1: Computing Principles - 1hr 15 min written paper
Students will be assessed on the use and operation of the processor and additional devices, software development methodologies and programming, and the legal and ethical issues regarding the user of computers.

Unit 2: Algorithms and Problem Solving - 1hr 15 min written paper
Students will be assessed on elements of computational thinking, problem solving and programming, and the design and development of algorithms.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 at GCSE in Mathematics

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 February 2018
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