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Computer Science A Level at Wheatley Park School

Course description

There is a clear distinction between ICT and Computing. As well as learning how to program, the emphasis of A Level Computing is on computational thinking, the reasoning used by both humans and machines. Computing is about designing new algorithms and solutions to new problems. Many great challenges lie in the future for computer scientists to solve. In any scientific field, there will be a computer scientist waiting to solve a problem, from new diseases and climate change to astronomy and technology.

Course content

  1. Fundamentals of programming
  2. Fundamentals of data structures
  3. Fundamentals of algorithms
  4. Theory of computation
  5. Fundamentals of data representation
  6. Fundamentals of computer systems
  7. Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture
  8. Consequences of uses of computing
  9. Fundamentals of communication and networking
  10. Fundamentals of databases
  11. Big Data
  12. Fundamentals of functional programming
  13. Systematic approach to problem solving
  14. Non-exam assessment - the Computing Practical Project

Entry requirements

The basic entry requirement for Level 3 courses in Wheatley Park Sixth Form is to complete 8 GCSEs or equivalent, including a minimum of grade 4 in five subjects which must include English and Mathematics.

Assessment

Assessment is by 2 papers for AS and 2 papers for A level, with coursework at A Level.

Paper 1 - Problem Solving, Programming, Data Representation and Practical Exercise

A 1.5 hour on-screen examination. A ‘skeleton’ program is provided in advance of the examination. This program  will be used in the exam where pupils will answer short questions and write a small program.

50% of AS and 40% of A Level

Paper 2 - Computer Components, The Stored Program Concept and The Internet

A 1.5 hour closed book written examination with short answer questions.

50% of AS and 40% of A Level

Non-exam assessment, The Computing Practical Project

A written report detailing a programmed solution to a real user whose realistic needs are met when specifying, designing and implementing the system.

20% of A Level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wheatley Park School directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2017

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