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Computer Science AS/ A2 (Block B) at Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend

Course description

Essential Skills

This exciting new course offers students the ability to learn computer programming and the technology that makes computers work. The essential skills for this include a logical and systematic approach to solving problems, a keen interest in technology and a good ability in Mathematics.

Course content

Years 1 and 2

There are three sections in this course, the Programming and System development component contains the majority of the content of the specification and is assessed in a written paper recalling knowledge and understanding. The second part is Computer Architecture, Data, Communication and Applications. The programming project component is a practical project based assessment with a task that is chosen by the teacher or learner and is produced in an appropriate programming language of the learner’s or teacher’s choice.

The written examination paper in Computer Architecture, Data, Communication and Applications includes these topics: Characteristics of contemporary processors; Software and development; Exchanging data; Data types structures and algorithms; Legal, moral and ethical issues. The written examination paper in Programming and System development includes these topics: Elements of computational thinking; Problem solving and programming; Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms.

The programming project includes the following: This is an extended piece of written work and coding which is aimed to create a full application for a specific client, it follows this pattern: Discussion, Investigation, Design of the solution, Developing the solution, Testing and Evaluation.

Lessons are a mixture of theory with practical lessons, the coding language used is vb.net as well as others which are included for specific topics.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Computing

Assessment

The assessment is broken down into the following, the examination papers are taken at the end of the two year course.

Component 1 Examination Paper 40% final mark

Component 2 Examination Paper 40% final mark

Component 3 Non-Examination Assessment 20%

Future opportunities

University requirements

The majority of universities offer degree courses in Computer Science. The Computer Science A2 is accepted by the Russell Group as a useful A level for a wide range of courses from Biology to Civil Engineering.

Typical offers: Imperial: A*AAA – A*AA; Oxbridge: A*AA; Kent: AAB

Further information

This is an exciting new course which will enable students to develop skills that can be applied to solve real world scenarios.

Links to Further Education: Biology, Psychology, Engineering, Computer Science

Links to Careers: Computer programmer, Software engineer

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 31 October 2017
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