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Computer Science A Level at Burford School and Community College

Course description

Computer technology touches all aspects of our world from our washing machines to our cars, smart phones to our latest aircraft and space explorations. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that? Computer Science enables you to be part of the future with opportunities to
solve fascinating and complex problems. Computer Scientists are amongst the highest paid individuals and many companies provide a range of additional benefits. Even if you don’t want a career in computing, the course can provide you with transferable skills that can assist you in your chosen career path.

Course content

Programming
This component investigates programs, data structures, algorithms, logic,
programming methodologies and your ability to solve problems in a systematic and
efficient way.
 
On-screen exam
2 Hours 30 Minutes
Answer short questions and adapt/
extend programs
40% of A Level
 
Computer Architecture, Data communication and Applications
This component investigates computer architecture, communication, data
representation, organisation and structure of data, programs, algorithms and
software applications.
Written Examination
2 Hours 30 Minutes
Short-answer and extended-answer
questions
40% of A Level
 
Programmed Solution to a problem
Candidates discuss, investigate, design, prototype, refine, implement, test and
evaluate a software solution to a problem chosen by the candidate which must be
solved using original code.
Programming Project
20% of A Level

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE Computer Science and Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics.

Further information

Students will develop their programming skills in Year 12 in preparation for their coded project in Year 13. Theory will be taught using a variety of teaching methods including research, presentations, group work and short answer practice.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Burford School and Community College directly.

Last updated date: 20 December 2017