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Computer Science A Level at Darrick Wood School

Course description

The A level course has been designed in consultation with the British Computer Society, Computing at School (CAS) and top universities. The key features of the courses include:
 Focus on programming and computational thinking as a discipline
 Emphasis on the mathematical skills used to express computational laws and processes, e.g. Boolean algebra/logic and algorithm comparison. Strong GCSE mathematical skills are a pre-requisite
 Skills development in the solving of problems, designing systems and understanding of human and machine intelligence
 Application of academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems

Course content

A Level Units
01 Computer Systems: Computer components, how they work and their uses; Software and methodologies used to develop software; Data types, data structures, Boolean algebra and algorithms; Legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues
02 Algorithms and Programming: Elements of computational thinking; Problem solving and programming; Use and design of algorithms to describe problems; Standard algorithms
03 Programming Project: Analysis of a set problem; Design of the solution; Development of the solution and evaluation.
Mathematical skills are embedded throughout the content of this course and assessed in the written papers where appropriate.

Entry requirements

Students currently studying GCSE Computing need to achieve a grade 6 or equivalent
Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics
Grade 5 in GCSE English Language


Externally assessed by OCR with four examinations for the A level course plus internally assessed and moderated non-examination assessment component (03).

Future opportunities

The course gives students a wide choice of progression routes into further study, training or relevant employment in Information Technology.
Students may move on to degrees or employment in areas such as computer science, software engineering, systems analysis, software development, engineering and scientific research and development.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September


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