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Computer Science A Level at Hall Cross Academy

Course description

Advances in computing are transforming the way the world works.

The new Computer Science AS and A Level course is an up to date, rigorous qualification that focuses on the knowledge, understanding and skills students need to progress to higher education or thrive in the workplace.

Course content

The AS course is split into 9 sections:
Examined in Paper 1
  • Fundamentals of programming
  • Fundamentals of data structures
  • Software development
  • Theory of computation
Examined in Paper 2
  • Fundamentals of data representation
  • Fundamentals of computer systems
  • Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture
  • Consequences of uses of computing
  • Fundamentals of communication and networking
 A Level

The A Level course is split into 12 sections + a non-examined assessment, the computing practical project

Examined in Paper 1

  • Fundamentals of programming
  • Fundamentals of data structures
  • Fundamentals of algorithms
  • Theory of computation

Examined in Paper 2

  • Fundamentals of data representation
  • Fundamentals of computer systems
  • Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture
  • Consequences of uses of computing
  • Fundamentals of communication and networking
  • Fundamentals of databases
  • Big Data
  • Fundamentals of functional programming

Non-exam assessment:

  • Systematic approach to problem solving
  • Non-exam assessment - the computing practical project

Entry requirements

A or high B grade in GCSE mathematics.

Assessment

We are following the new AQA Computer Science specification.

The 2 year A Level course has a linear structure with a 2hr 30min on-screen examination worth 40%, a 2hr 30min written paper worth 40% and non-exam assessment (NEA) accounting for 20% of the A-Level.

The AS-Level 1 year course covers most of the same topics in less depth but has no NEA component. It has a 1hr 30min on-screen examination worth 50% and a 1hr 30min written paper worth 50%.

Future opportunities

The course is a solid base for students wishing to study Computer Science at university or those interested in moving into software development as a career. Computer Science is a very competitive course in Higher Education with many institutions requiring AAA at A Level. It is also a gateway course for many science and technology based careers.

Further information

To be successful in Computer Science you need to have a keen interest in software development.

This might entail learning a programming language on your own, or developing applications for smart-phones or computers.

There are national coding competitions run regularly that you may take part in as well as the chance to work with the IT department to develop solutions for the school.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hall Cross Academy directly.

Last updated date: 17 May 2016
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