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Computer Science A Level at The Ashcombe School

Course description

Reformed subject

Why study the subject?

This course is designed for students who wish to go on to higher education courses or employment where knowledge of Computer Science would be beneficial. Students can study Computer Science and go on to a career in Medicine, Law, Business, Politics or any type of Science. 

Course content

AS Content

1. Fundamentals of programming

2. Fundamentals of data structures

3. Software development

4. Theory of computation

5. Fundamentals of data representation

6. Fundamentals of computer systems

7. Fundamentals of computer organisation & architecture

8. Consequences of uses of computing 9. Fundamentals of communication & networking

 

A-level Content

Students will revise the AS content which will feature in the A-level exams. In addition they will cover:

10. Fundamentals of databases

11. Big Data

12. Fundamentals of functional programming

13. Systematic approach to problem solving

14. Non-exam assessment - the computing practical project

Assessment

How is the AS assessed?

Paper 1:

What's assessed: this paper tests a student's ability to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of computer science from subject content 1-4 above.

50% of AS   1 hour 30 minute on-screen examination

Paper 2:

What's assessed: this paper tests a student's ability to answer questions from subject content 5-9 above.

50% of AS    1 hour 30 minute written examination

How is the A-level assessed?

Paper 1:

What's assessed: this paper tests a student's ability to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of computer science from subject content 1-4 above.

40% of A-level      2 hour 30 minute on-screen examination

Paper 2:

What's assessed: this paper tests a student's ability to answer questions from subject content 5-12 above.

40% of A-level      2 hour 30 minute written examination

 

Practical Project:

What's assessed: the non-exam assessment assesses student's ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve a practical problem. Students will be expected to follow a systematic approach to problem solving, as shown in section 13 and 14 above.           20% of A-level

 

 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 August 2016
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