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Computer Science AS and A level at Frome Community College

Course description

AS level

Component 1: fundamentals of computer science

70% – written examination: two hours. This component investigates computer architecture, communication, data representation, data structures, software applications, programs,  algorithms, logic, programming methodologies and the impact of computer science on society.

Component 2: practical programming to solve problems

30% – on-screen  exam: two hours fifteen minutes.

This component consists of a series of set tasks completed on-screen by candidates. These tasks will assess the practical application of knowledge and understanding and will require the use of Visual Basic.NET, Python, or Java as a programming language.

A level

Component 1: programming and system development.

40% – written exam: two hours forty five minutes. This component investigates programs, data structures, algorithms, logic, programming methodologies and the impact of computer science on society.

Component 2: computer architecture, data, communication and applications.

40% – written examination: two hours forty five minutes.

This component investigates computer architecture, communication, data representation, organisation and structure of data, programs, algorithms and software applications.

Component 3: programmed solution to a problem.

20% – non-exam assessment.

Candidates discuss, investigate, design, prototype, refine and implement, test and evaluate a computerised solution to a problem chosen by the candidate which must be solved using original code (programming). This is a substantial piece of work, undertaken over an extended period of time.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grades A* - C including English and at least a grade B in GCSE computing, maths and physics.

We may consider students who don't have GCSE computing.  Please contact us to discuss our minimum requirements.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Frome Community College directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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