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Computer Science AS & A Level at The Gryphon School

Course description

Computer Science is relevant to the modern and changing world of computing. The new specification will allow you to:

  • Focus on programming, building on GCSE Computing and emphasise the importance of computational thinking as a discipline.
  • Have an expanded maths focus, much of which will be embedded within the course.
  • Put computational thinking at its core, helping you to develop skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence.
  • Allow you to apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems in an exciting and engaging manner.
  • Give you a clear progression into higher education, as the course was designed after consultation with members of BCS, CAS and top universities.

Course content

Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It’s an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, and can look at the natural world through a digital prism. The aims of this qualification are to enable learners to develop:

  • An understanding and 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 to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • The capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science
  • Mathematical skills.

The key features of this specification encourage:

Emphasis on problem solving using computers

Emphasis on computer programming and algorithms

Emphasis on the mathematical skills used to express computational laws and processes, e.g. Boolean algebra/logic and comparison of the complexity of algorithms

Less emphasis on ICT.

Entry requirements

Grade C ICT GCSE or equivalent.

Grade B Mathematics

Assessment

Full A’level

  • Computer systems (01) 140 marks 2 hours and 30 minutes written paper 40% of total A’level
  • Algorithms and programming (02*) 140 marks 2 hours and 30 minutes written paper 40% of total A’level
  • Programming project (03* or 04**) 70 marks Non-exam assessment 20% of total A’level

or

For AS level

  • Computing principles (01) 70 marks 1 hour and 15 minutes written paper 50% of AS level
  • Algorithms and problem solving (02*) 70 marks 1 hour and 15 minutes written paper 50% of AS level

Financial information

There are no additional costs

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 September 2016
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