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Computer Science A Level at St Mary's Menston, a Catholic voluntary academy

Course description

The school is offering students the opportunity to study GCE Computer Science. It is designed to extend their personal experience of computer science and programming gained through study at GCSE level or through the National Computing Curriculum at Key Stage 3 and 4.

The Computer Science qualification is made up of four assessed units. Each of the four units is designed to allow students to developed knowledge, skills and understanding of how computer systems work and how they can be programmed to achieve tasks.

Course content

Unit F451: Fundamentals of Computing (25%)

Students learn about computer hardware, binary logic, software, representation of data in computer systems, databases, computer networks and communications together with fundamental programming concepts

Unit F452: Fundamentals of Programming (25%)

Students learn about the basic techniques of programming in a text based language such as Python. They will also learn about algorithms and how to design simple solutions

Unit F453: Advanced Computer Theory (30%)

This unit covers more detailed and advanced concepts dealing with binary numbers, how computer processors work, assembly language programming and more detailed concepts studied in F451

Unit F454: Computing Project (20%)

Students will require to design, plan, implement and test a full blown solution to an identified problem. They will use the techniques from F452 and theoretical knowledge from other units to create a programming solution.


Unit F451 and F452 is assessed through written examination at the end of Year 12. Units F453 is assessed via a written examination at the end of Year 13 and F454 is assessed through practical project work which is teacher marked and then sent for external moderation by the examination board.

The overall final grade is calculated by adding the marks from each unit. The total is used by the examination board to determine the appropriate final grade (A* - E).

This course is academically demanding and will require students to become proficient in a number of different computer languages including (but not limited to): Python, HTML + CSS + JavaScript, and some SQL

How to apply

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Last updated date: 10 November 2017
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