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Computer Science A-Level at Prince Henry's High School

Course description

This course is aimed at those who are considering a career in the computer industry and those who wish to apply their skills in related areas.

The AS/A Level Computer Science course aims to develop computational thinking which is the type of reasoning used by both humans and machines. The course covers the more scientific aspects of computer systems and problem solving, the theoretical aspects of hardware and software and includes an element of computer programming.

Though not a programming course, a number of different programming languages are studied. It should also be realised that this course contains a significant amount of theoretical work of advanced level standard and requires a systematic and logical approach.

Course content

This course, with its emphasis on abstract thinking, general problem solving, algorithmic and mathematical reasoning, scientific and engineering-based thinking, is a good foundation for understanding future challenges in Computer Science which have the potential to change how we view the world.

AS Paper1 – Programming, Data Structures, Problem Solving, Computation. Assessed through a 1 hour 30 min on screen exam. 50% of AS.

AS Paper 2 – Data Representation, Logic, Architecture, Communication & Networking, Consequences of uses of Computing. Assessed through a 1 hour 30 min written paper. 50% of AS.

A2 Paper 1 – Programming, Data Structures, Problem Solving, Computation. Systematic approach to problem solving. Assessed through a 2 hours 30 min on screen exam. 40% of A2.

A2 Paper2 – Data representation,Fundamentals of computer systems, Computer organisation and architecture, Consequences of uses of computing, Fundamentals of communication and networking, Fundamentals of databases, Big Data, Fundamentals of functional programming. Assessed through a 2 hours 30 min on screen exam. 40% of A2.

Non-exam assessment – the computing practical project. 75 marks. 20% of A2.

Entry requirements

Specific Entry Requirement: B grade in GCSE Maths. If Computing has been studied at GCSE a B grade must have been achieved.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Prince Henry's High School directly.

Last updated date: 08 September 2016

Key information

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