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Computer Science AS/A2 Level 3 at Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School

Course description

What is the course about?

Computer Science is the study of how computers and computer systems work, and how they are constructed and programmed. Computer Science develops a particularly systematic and logical approach to thinking about complex problems, called computational thinking. Programming takes computational thinking skills and empowers students to take charge of computers and create new software of their own, rather than to consume things made by others. This ability unleashes enormous creativity, drives innovation, and opens up completely new horizons and possibilities.

For whom is the course suitable?

This course develops logical thinking skills as well as the ability to adapt to technology in an ever changing society. It is also an incredibly creative course, and therefore if your chosen career requires you to solve problems, develop or understand technology, be innovative or creative then this subject could be for you. It is also suitable for those wanting to develop transferable skills such as communication and leadership; commercial awareness; presenting reasoned arguments; numeracy and coping with rapid technological changes.

This course is recommended for those who wish to continue their education at degree level in Computer Science, or alternatively, those that may decide it will be a useful compliment to their other subjects. Computer Science sits well with almost any subject, but in particular with Mathematics and Science. For those with a genuine interest in Computing, but who have not taken the GCSE, a B in GCSE Mathematics will be a minimum requirement.

Teaching Methods and Homework commitment:

You will have access to a VLE specifically designed for the course, including the programming element. Teaching will use a range of approaches to suit your learning style and the course is also tailored to individual requirements. Private study is required to complete this course successfully, as is the ability to stick at a problem until it is solved!

What could I go on to do at the end of the course?

Computer Science at Degree Level or a related course. Careers are varied – indeed it suits any career that uses or develops technology.

Method of Study and Assessment:

A Level Course

01 – Computer Systems

The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices/software and software development/exchange data/data types, data structures and algorithms/legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues

Written Paper – 2 hour 30 minutes – 40% of A Level

02—Algorithms & Programming

Elements of computational thinking/problem solving and programming /algorithms

Written Paper – 2 hour 30 minutes – 40% of A Level

03—Programming Project

Students select their own project to solve, from a range of programming languages:

•Python •C family of languages (for example C# C+ etc.) •Java •Visual Basic •PHP •Delphi

The project will also require the production of the following documentation:

analysis, design, development and evaluation.

Internally assessed—20% of A Level



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Entry requirements

See Prospectus on school website for details

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2016
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