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Computer Science AS/A Level at Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Computer Science is an exciting subject that encourages students to think creatively, logically and critically and to develop advanced problem solving skills.

Students choose to study Computer Science because they are passionate about computers and want to learn about computer architecture; communications and networking; fundamentals of data representation and data structures.

Course content

Students will build complex algorithms and will implement these using a variety of programming paradigms including procedural, object oriented and functional techniques.

Python is the main language used, but other languages will be experienced throughout the course.

In the second year of the course, students will develop and apply their programming skills to develop a computer system for a real end user for the project assessment.

Our course encourages learners to develop:

  • An understanding of, and the ability to apply, the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • The ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so
  • The capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • Mathematical skills

Entry requirements

You would benefit most from a Computer science if you have one or more of the following:

  • ‘C’ or better in GCSE ICT
  • ‘B’ or better in Mathematics
  • Or very good programming skills

Assessment

AS (2 Units)

AS Unit 1 Fundamentals of Computer Science (written exam 25%)-

This unit investigates computer architecture, communication, data representation, data structures, software applications, programs, algorithms, logic, programming methodologies and the impact of computer science on society.

AS Unit 2 Practical Programming to Solve Problems(on screen examination 15%)

This unit consists of a series of set tasks completed on-screen by candidates. These tasks will assess the practical application of knowledge and understanding and will require the use of, Python language.

A2 (3 Units)

A Level Unit 3 Programming and System Development (written exam 20%)-

This unit investigates programs, data structures, algorithms, logic, programming methodologies and the impact of computer science on society.

A Level Unit 4 Computer Architecture, Data, Communication and Applications (written exam 20%)

 This unit investigates computer architecture, communication, data representation, organisation and structure of data, programs, algorithms and software applications.

A Level Unit 5 Programmed Solution to a Problem (coursework assessment 20%)

Candidates discuss, investigate, design, prototype, refine and implement, test and evaluate a computerised solution to a problem chosen by the candidate which must be solved using original code (programming). This is a substantial piece of work, undertaken over an extended period of time.

Future opportunities

It is an exciting time to be a computer scientist!

We are living in the midst of a revolution powered by computers. This revolution has invaded all aspects of society. It is a communication revolution, a transportation revolution, a medical revolution, an entertainment revolution.

Computer science links to an endless career list.

The Computing specification has been designed to prepare students who wish to go on to degree level courses (e.g. Computer Science, Networking, Engineering, Games Design, Systems Analysis, Software Development, Computer Programming, Web Development etc) or into employment where the ability to program or enhanced knowledge of computer systems would be beneficial. Computing jobs are among the highest paid and computer programming jobs are growing 2X the national average.

Computing is very often associated with innovation, and developments in computing tend to drive it. This, in turn, is the key to national competitiveness.

The possibilities for future developments are expected to be even greater than they have been in the past.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 31 May 2016

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