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Computing A Level at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace

Course description

This course is designed to help students who wish to go on to Higher Education courses or employment where problem solving and a logical approach will be a valuable asset.

Amongst many benefits, the course is designed to encourage students to:

  • Work co-operatively to solve problems
  • Develop personal learning and thinking skills
  • Provide quality computer program solutions
  • Develop an awareness of developments in technology
  • Understand how computers work at a low level

Course content

PAPER 1

The first unit tests the student's ability to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of Computer Science from fundamentals of programming, data structures, algorithms and the theory of computation.

PAPER 2

The second unit tests the student’s ability to answer questions on the fundamentals of data representation, computer systems, computer organisation and architecture, communication and networking, databases, consequences of using computers, functional programming, “big data”, and a systematic approach to problem solving.

Entry requirements

Students require a grade B or above in Maths and English Language GCSE.  Please see the Generic Entry Requirement Document for more details. If students have studied GCSE Computer Science it is expected that they achieve a B grade or above.  GCSE Computer Science is not a pre-requisite for the course but a passion for Computer Programming and problem solving is essential.

A stand-alone AS qualification is also available for this course.

Assessment

NON-EXAM ASSESSMENT

A-level students are assessed on their ability to use the knowledge and skills gained throughout the course to solve a practical problem following a systematic approach to problem solving.

ASSESSMENT

Paper 1 is a computer based examination lasting 2 hours 30 minutes and is worth 40% of the total A Level mark, or 1 hour 30 minutes and 50% of the total AS mark.  There are a number of short answer questions followed by coding problems based on pre-release material.  All questions are compulsory.  It is externally marked.

Paper 2 is a written examination lasting 2 hours 30 minutes and is worth 40% of the total A Level mark, or 1 hour 30 minutes and 50% of the total AS mark.  It comprises short and extended-answer questions.  All questions are compulsory.  It is externally marked.

For the non-exam assessment, candidates must produce a practical project.  The report will be internally marked and externally moderated.  It is worth 20% of the total A Level mark

Future opportunities

A Level Computer Science gives access to Higher Education/Degree courses in Computer Science, Software Engineering and related subjects as well as being recognised as an excellent starting point for a career in many areas of Computing, Science and Business.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris City Academy Crystal Palace directly.

Last updated date: 07 April 2017

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