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Computer Science A Level at Queens Park Community School

Course description

As well as being part of our daily lives, computer science is used to solve society's
most complex and important problems in areas such as engineering, banking, communication, and medicine. Computer Science A level is a creative and wide-ranging course which uses clear logical thinking to design and build systems that really work.

Course content

Paper 1 Computer Systems (40% of A level) - Assessment: 2 hours 30 minutes written examination
 
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 issues
 
Paper 2
Algorithms and programming
(40% of A level)
- Assessment: 2 hours 30 minutes
written examination
Elements of computational thinking
Problem solving and programming
Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms
 
Non-exam assessment (20% of A level)– practical project
 
The project is to produce a complete working solution to a problem-for example
a data-processing problem of an organisation
a scientific or mathematical problem
a simulation of a real-life situation
a computer-aided learning system
a control system /robotics

Future opportunities

Computer Science gives you a wide choice of study options across ICT, Computer Science, Information Systems, Multimedia, Software Engineering, Computer Networking, E-Business and Information Management. Computer Science can lead to careers across a wide range of sectors including IT, physics, chemistry, biology, earth sciences, medicine, space exploration, engineering, entertainment, the media, education, business and government because every aspect of our lives involves working with information technology.
 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 April 2018
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