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Computing A Level at Queensbury Academy

Course description

Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It is an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, that can look at the natural world through digital eyes. The courses places high value on computational thinking, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence.

Course content

Unit 1 — Computer systems & principles
Types of programming languages . Data types, representation and structures . Exchanging data and web technologies . Following algorithms . Using Boolean algebra . Legal, moral and ethical issues.

Unit 2 - Algorithms and Programming
Section A
Traditional questions concerning computational thinking. Elements of computational thinking . Programming and problem solving . Pattern recognition, abstraction and decomposition. Algorithm design and efficiency. Standard algorithms.
Section B
There will be a scenario/task contained in the paper, which could be an algorithm or a text page - based task, which will involve problem solving.
Unit 3 — Programming project
Students will analyse a problem, design a solution, implement the solution and give a thorough evaluation.

Entry requirements

English Language and Maths GCSE grade 5 or better.

Assessment

Units 1 and 2: One written examination for each unit.
Unit 3: Programming project. Internally assessed, externally moderated.

Further information

This course is one of very high standards and will demonstrate to any university that a student has the ability to think logically (computational thought). Students will be well prepared for studying Computer Science at a higher level; and they will also be prepared with a good grounding for other subject areas that require computational thinking and analytical skills. Such as Law, Medicine, Architecture.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queensbury Academy directly.

Last updated date: 01 February 2018
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