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AS/A2 Computer Science at Sandringham School

Course description

Course Aims:

The course develops a range of skills, from requirements analysis and the design of algorithms through to implementation using a range of programming techniques. The course is excellent preparation for anyone looking to take Computer Science at degree level, or for anyone considering any kind of career in computing or related engineering or creative industries. Computer Science is a practical subject where you can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. Through this qualification, you can develop:

  • The capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • An understanding of the design and construction of computer systems
  • The ability to apply computational thinking in a range of contexts to solve problems
  • An appreciation of the power and limits of human and machine intelligence
  • An understanding of the consequences of using computers, an awareness of emerging technologies and an appreciation of their potential impact on society.


Course Structure:


Unit 1: Computer Fundamentals (Exam: 50% of AS, 40% of A2)

Unit 2: Programming Techniques and Logical Methods (Exam: 50% of AS, 40% of A2)

Unit 1: Computing Principles. This covers the characteristics of contemporary systems architecture and other areas including operating systems, programming, algorithms, data structures and web technologies.

Unit 2: Programming Techniques and Logical Methods. This covers elements of computational thinking, programming techniques, software development methodologies and standard algorithms. A scenario will be given and you will be asked to design an appropriate solution.


Unit 3: Programming Project (Coursework: 20% of A2)

Unit 3: Programming Project. Through coursework, you will gain an understanding of definition, investigation and analysis, system design, software development and testing and evaluating. Your project will be of your own choice, assessed internally and moderated by an external examiner.



Entry requirements


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 April 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years