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Computer Science A Level at Aylesbury Grammar School

Course description

Computer Science is, above all else, relevant to the modern and changing world. It is a key part of world leading progress in many disciplines, Arts as well as Sciences. 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, that can look at the natural world through a digital prism. Computer Science values computational thinking, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence.

These are the concepts that lie at the heart of Computer Science qualifications. They will be the best preparation for students who want to go on to study Computer Science at a higher level and will also provide a good grounding for other subject areas that require computational thinking and analytic skills

Entry requirements

 Students would be more comfortable with some aspects of the course having a thorough grounding in Mathematics, normally indicated by a GCSE grade A or more.

Assessment

Paper 1 -- 40% of A level -- 2 hours and 30 minutes on screen exam  Fundamentals of programming  Fundamentals of data structures  Fundamentals of algorithms  Theory of computation

Candidates answer a series of short questions and write/adapt/extend programs in an electronic answer booklet provided by AQA. AQA provide preliminary material, a Skeleton Program and, where appropriate, test data, for use during the exam.

Paper 2 -- 40% of A level -- 2 hours and 30 minutes written paper  Fundamentals of data representation  Fundamentals of computer systems  Fundamentals of computer organisation and structure  Consequences of uses of computing  Fundamentals of communications and networking  Fundamentals of databases  Big Data  Fundamentals of functional programming

Non-exam assessment - 20% of total A level The non-exam assessment assesses candidate's ability to use the knowledge and skills gained throughout the course to solve or investigate a particular problem. Candidates are expected to follow a systematic approach to problem solving.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years

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