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Computing at Trinity Catholic School

Course description

This course gives a general grounding in computing, including an understanding of computer systems, the principles of programming and the solving of problems.

Course content

What will you study in Year 12? There are two written examinations (for details see below).

What will you study in Year 13?     In Year 13 AS knowledge is built upon towards two more examinations as well as the undertaking of a practical project.

 

Here is a brief look at the course units and the content for the AS and A Level Computer Science qualifications:

AS Computer Science

01 Computing Principles

An examination 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

Legal and ethical issues

02 Algorithms and Problem Solving

An examination including a mix of question types: short-answer, longer-answer, and levels of response mark-scheme-type questions.   There will 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

Standard algorithms.

 

 

 

 

A Level Computer Science

01 Computer Systems

An examination 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:

 

Software and its development

Types of programming languages

Data types, representation and structures

Exchanging data and web technologies

Following algorithms

Using Boolean algebra

Legal, moral and ethical issues.

02 Algorithms and Programming

This component will be a traditionally marked and structured question paper with two sections, both of which will include a mix of question types: short-answer, longer-answer, and levels of response mark-scheme-type questions.

Section A

Traditional questions concerning computational thinking.

Elements of computational thinking

Programming and problem solving

Pattern recognition, abstraction and decomposition

Algorithm design and efficiency

Standard algorithms.

 

Section B

There will be a scenario/task contained in the paper, which could be an algorithm or a text page-based task, which will involve problem solving.

03 Programming Project

Students select their own user-driven problem of an appropriate size and complexity to solve. This will enable them to demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the Assessment Objectives. Students will need to analyse the problem, design a solution, implement the solution and give a thorough evaluation.

 

Please Note: All Computing A Level specifications are currently in draft form only due to government led changes. As a result the exact final nature of the course may have slight variation to that described above.

 

Entry requirements

BTEC ICT Merit or Distinction (or GCSE A*-B in ICT or Computing if joining from another centre) and A*-B in Maths due to the nature of some of the course material. Alternatively candidates with A* in Maths who have not studied Computing before may also be suitable to join.

Further information

Who Should I Contact For More Information? Please contact Graham Butt, Head of Computing and I.C.T.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Trinity Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 17 December 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: OCR

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