Computer Science AS/A2 Level at Joyce Frankland Academy
“At its heart lies the notion of computational thinking: a mode of thought that goes well beyond software and hardware, and that provides a framework within which to reason about systems and problem.” (Computer Science a Curriculum for Schools).
Computer Science is a practical subject where learners can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems.
At AS candidates study two units, which allow them to demonstrate their knowledge of the fundamental principles of Computing.
Unit 1: Computing Principles
This component will be a traditionally marked and structured question paper with a mix of question types: short-answer, longer-answer, and levels of response mark-scheme-type questions.
It will cover the characteristics of contemporary systems architecture and other areas including the following:
- Operating systems
- Introduction to programming
- Data types, structures and algorithms
- Exchanging data and web technologies
- Using Boolean algebra
Unit 2: Algorithms and Problem solving
This component will be a traditionally marked and structured question paper and will include a mix of question types: short-answer, longer-answer, and levels of response mark-scheme-type questions. There’ll be a short scenario/task contained in the paper, which could be an algorithm or a text page-based task, which will involve problem solving. Other areas covered include the following:
- Elements of computational thinking
- Programming techniques
- Software development methodologies
- Algorithms and Standard algorithms.
At least a grade B in GCSE Maths and minimum school entrance requirements.
The AS will consist of two components, which will be externally assessed and weighted at 50% each. The A Level will consist of three components, two of which will be externally marked question papers making up 80% of the qualification.
The other 20% will be the coursework project, which will retain its current qualities but will be more focused, with a greater emphasis on coding and programming with a simple assessment model and marking criteria.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Joyce Frankland Academy directly.