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Computer Science A-Level at Deanery High School and Sixth Form College

Course description

The study of A-level Computing allows students to develop detailed knowledge and understanding of computer systems, computational thinking and problem solving. It is fun writing software that you see other people using.

Students are given the opportunity to develop practical and analytical skills in addition to acquiring computing knowledge and understanding. As well as stimulating natural curiosity, the challenging course should prepare you well for employment or higher education.

“Computer Science is about magic, the great thing about technology is that it is better than magic. Magic is about the impossible. Computer Science is about making the impossible routine.” Students are given the opportunity to develop practical and analytical skills in addition to acquiring computer science knowledge and understanding. As well as stimulating natural curiosity, the challenging course should prepare you well for employment or higher

Course content

We follow the AQA specification, an awarding body which is well known for its rigour and academic standards.

At AS level, you will be following this specification and you do not need to have prior knowledge of Computer Science or ICT. The subject content is a subset of the whole A Level content and is divided into 9 areas which will allow you to demonstrate your knowledge of the fundamental principles of Computer Science: 1. Fundamentals of programming 2. Fundamentals of data structures 3. Systematic approach to problem solving 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.

 

At A level the specification builds on the content of AS and introduces additional topics to develop your knowledge and understanding further. 10. Fundamentals of programming 11. Fundamentals of data structures 12. Fundamentals of algorithms 13. Theory of computation 14. Fundamentals of data representation 15. Fundamentals of computer systems 16. Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture 17. Consequences of uses of computing 18. Fundamentals of communication and networking 19. Fundamentals of databases 20. Big Data 21. Fundamentals of functional programming 22. Systematic approach to problem solving 23. Non-exam assessment – the computing practical project

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in Maths

GCSE English Language & Maths at Grade 5 or better plus at least 3 additional GCSE at Grade 4 or better

Assessment

AS

Paper 1 - Online test covering subject content 1 - 4 and assessing the ability to program

Paper 2 - Written examination covering subject content 5 - 9

 

A2

Paper 3 - Online test covering subject content 10 - 13 and assessing the ability to program

Paper 4 - Written examination covering subject content from 14-21

Non-exam assessment - solving or investigating a practical problem

Future opportunities

A-Level Computing is an excellent preparation for the large range of degrees in the Computer Science field and other related courses, even computer-based Journalism. Many students have pursued careers in computer forensics, teaching, and numerous other fields within the IT industry.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 November 2017
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