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Computer Science A level at Wolsingham School

Course description

Our mission is to provide each student with the skills and knowledge necessary to become effective, well-rounded individuals who will realise their full potential. These include skills in their chosen vocational or academic subject within the Computing and Vocational Faculty and developing independent learning which will assist students in finding successful employment or continuing into higher education.

Course content

Topics covered at AS (7516):

1.Fundamentals of programming

2.Fundamentals of data structures

3.Systematic approach to problem solving

4.Theory of computation

5.Fundamentals of data representation

6.Fundamentals of computer systems

7.Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture

8.Consequences of uses of computing

9.Fundamentals of communication and networking

Topics covered at A2 (7517):

1.Fundamentals of programming

2.Fundamentals of data structures

3.Fundamentals of algorithms

4.Theory of computation

5.Fundamentals of data representation

6.Fundamentals of computer systems

7.Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture

8.Consequences of uses of computing

9.Fundamentals of communication and networking

10.Fundamentals of databases

11.Big Data

12.Fundamentals of functional programming

13.Systematic approach to problem solving

14.Non-exam assessment – the computing practical project

Entry requirements

5 GCSE’s grades A*-C including GCSE ICT and B grade in Maths.

Assessment

For the AS qualification you will sit 2 externally marked exams, paper 1 and paper 2, which will assess the topics that are required for AS.  Each paper is worth 50% of the overall grade and will last 90 minutes

For the A-Level qualification you will sit 2 externally, paper 1 and paper 2 which will cover topics 1 – 12 as well as an internally moderated project covering topics 13 & 14.  The 2 exam papers are worth 40% of the overall qualification and will last 2.5 hours.

Future opportunities

his qualification supports progression into further education, training or employment. Appropriate further education might be:

  • A degree in computing, IT or related fields
  • Entry into employment
  • A BTEC Higher National in Computing
  • A BTEC Foundation Degree in Computing

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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