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Computer Science AS & A Level at Queen Elizabeth's School

Course description

Advances in computing are transforming the way we work and this specification has been revised for 2015 to change with the times. Computing as a subject combines well with Mathematics and the physical sciences.

AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Computer Science A is structured into two themes assessed by external examination. In addition students choose a practical project investigation for an area of particular interest.

Students build knowledge and understanding of fundamentals of programming, data structures, algorithms, a systematic approach to problem solving and computational theory for Theme 1 and when tackling the practical project.

Theme 2 covers data representation, computer architecture, communication and networks, relational databases and functional programming.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade B in English Lang and Mathematics, or GCSE Grade C in Computing


AS Only

  • Programming and theoretical knowledge of Computer Science
    50% weighting
    On-screen exam
  • Computer systems, organisation and architecture.
    50% weighting
    Written exam

A Level Full Course

  • Programming and theoretical knowledge of Computer Science
    40% weighting
    On-screen exam
  • Computer systems, organisation and architecture
    40% weighting
    Written exam
  • Investigation of a practical problem
    20% weighting
    Internal assessment

Future opportunities

There are employment opportunities in computing and IT-related skill sectors such as software engineering, network management, systems analysis, database administration, web design, CAD/CAM. Higher education opportunities would include Computer Science or IT-related degree courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth's School directly.

Last updated date: 13 October 2016
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