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Computer Science A-Level at Smestow School

Course description

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.

Course content

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

Entry requirements

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.

Last updated date: 11 June 2015
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