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Alevel Computer Science at King Edward VI Aston School

Course description

Why choose Computer Science

Computers are now widely used in all aspects of government, business, industry, education, leisure and at home. In this increasingly technological age, a study of computing, and particularly how computers are used in the solution of a variety of problems, is not only valuable to the pupils themselves but also essential to the future well-being of the country. One of the exciting things about learning Computer Science is that you learn a new and fundamental way of thinking and problem solving; a way of thinking which is critical in the 21st century, it is called “Computational Thinking” and the idea that is one of the big advantages of studying Computing, whatever your ultimate career, is causing a big stir.

 

It is recognised that Computing has a great deal to offer. It integrates well with subjects across the curriculum. It demands both logical discipline and imaginative creativity in the selection and design of algorithms and the writing, testing and debugging of programs; it relies on an understanding of the rules of language at a simple level; it encourages an awareness of the management and organization of computer systems.

 

A Level Computer Science

The course follows WJEC Eduqas (Welsh Joint Education Committee) linear GCE A Level Computer Science specification which aims to develop an understanding of the applications and fundamental principles of computer science. It introduces the concepts of software engineering, computer architecture and data communications through theoretical and practical work.

 

Course Aims:

  • Develop the capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • Develop the ability to apply skills, knowledge and understanding of computing, including programming, in a range of contexts to solve problems
  • Develop an understanding of the organisation of computer systems including software, hardware, data, communications and people
  • Acquire and apply a knowledge, technical skills and an understanding of the use of algorithms in computer programs to solve problems using programming
  • Develop the capacity to see relationships between different aspects of the subject and perceive their field of study in a broader perspective
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of computer programs/solutions and the impact of, and issues related

 

Course content

Modules and assessments

The course consists of three modules. Full details of the specification are available at http://eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/computer-science/a-level/wjec-eduqas-alevel-computer-science-specification-draft.pdf

 

 

Component  1 – Programming and System Development

Written Paper, June, 100 marks, 40% of the qualification

Component  2 – Computer Architecture, Data, Communication and Applications

Written Paper, June, 100 marks, 40% of the qualification

Component 3 – Programmed Solution

Non exam assessment, Programmed solution developed for a real life problem April, 100 marks, 20% of the qualification

 

Programming languages and interfaces

Pupils will be taught to program in C++ using RAD Studio 2010 (no previous programming knowledge is expected or required), which will be used for CG2 projects, however, students have choice to choose other programming languages of sufficient capacity to program their solutions at A2 level, if they wish to do so.

 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved a grade ‘A’ in Mathematics at GCSE. GCSE Computer Science will be useful but not compulsory.

 

 

Assessment

Assessment

The course offered will lead to a “Single award in AS/A2 Applied ICT”. The course consists of two units at AS, with a further two at A2.

 

Future opportunities

Progression and career implications

Most universities accept Computing A Level and offer degree courses in Computer Science or related subjects. The job market for graduate Computer Scientists is both healthy and rapidly expanding, and in this country demand continues to far outstrip supply. Studying Computing helps in developing problem solving skills such as the ability to think logically, algorithmically and recursively which are considered very useful skills to have if you wish to pursue a career in Mathematics, Science, Economics, Art and Design & Technology field. 

Further information

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Aston School directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2015
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