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Computer Science AS/A Level at Fitzharrys School

Course description

This is a subject which is now a reformed A level which means that the result of the AS exams does not contribute to the overall A level marks and grades. If a student leaves the course after AS then this new type of the AS is worth 40% of the UCAS points of the full A level for University entry in 2017 and beyond. If a student completes the A level course then it is only the assessment at the end of the second year that counts towards the full A level grade.

Course content

AS

• Fundamentals of programming

• Fundamentals of data structure

• Systematic approach to problem solving

• Theory of computation

• Fundamentals of data representation

• Fundamentals of computer systems

• Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture

• Consequences of uses of computing

• Fundamentals of communication and networking

A2 

• Fundamentals of algorithms

• Big Data

• Fundamentals of functional programming

• Systematic approach to problem solving

• Non-exam assessment - the computing practical project

Entry requirements

• Self-motivation

• Interest in the basic functioning of computers; how they work, how they are programmed and the underlying logic.

• Independent learning and self-organisation

• Problem solving

• Critical analysis

• Aptitude for Maths

• Computer Science GCSE is not a requirement for this course.

Assessment

Paper 1: An on-screen exam testing a student’s ability to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of computer science, focusing on programming fundamentals and theory of computation (50% of AS-level)

Paper 2: A written exam testing a student’s knowledge of aspects of computer science, such as data representation, computer systems and architecture, communications and networking and consequences of computing (50% of AS-level).

Paper 1: An on-screen exam testing a student’s ability to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of computer science, focusing on programming fundamentals and theory of computation (40% of A-level)

Paper 2: A written exam testing a student’s knowledge of other aspects of computer science, such as data representation, computer systems and architecture, communications and networking, big data, function and systematic programming, databases and consequences of computing. (40% of A-level).

Future opportunities

A highly-regarded course for progression to Computer Science degree courses and progression into careers such as systems analyst, software developer, network administrator. The emphasis on logical thinking and problem solving also means that the course prepares students effectively for courses such as engineering, medicine and many other less IT-focused academic routes.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 October 2016
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