Computer Science A-Level at Smestow School
This qualification gives a general grounding in computing, including an understanding of computer systems, the principles of programming and the solving of problems. The course will give learners a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. This course provides excellent preparation for higher study at university and employment. The increasing importance of information technologies means there is a growing demand for professionals who are qualified in this area. The course will develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming (C#). For many learners, it will be a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life. This course is especially suited to learners who are critical thinkers, who enjoy mathematics and creative thinking.
Unit 1 - Computer Systems The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices Software and software development Exchanging data Data types, data structures and algorithms Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issue Unit 2 - Algorithms and programming Elements of computational thinking Problem solving and programming Algorithms Unit 3 – Programming project Analysis of the problem Design of the solution Developing the solution Evaluation
GCSE Average point score of 40. Plus: Grade C GCSE Computer Science (preferred) or Grade B GCSE Maths
Unit 1 – Computer systems – 140 Marks – 2 hours and 30 minutes – Written paper (40%) Unit 2 – Algorithms and programming – 140 marks – 2 hours and 30 minutes – Written paper (40%) Unit 3 – Programming project – 70 marks – Coursework (20%)
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Smestow School directly.