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Computer Science AS/A-Level at Plymstock School

Course description

The AQA syllabus allows students to complete the AS level in year 12, assessed through an on-screen and a written paper exam. These topics are then developed and added to in year 13 for the full A level, with similar, but longer assessments, plus a coursework project, either a practical solution or personal investigation.

Course content

AS

Paper 1 

  • Computer programming
  • Data structures
  • Systematic approach to problem solving
  • Theory of computation

Paper 2

  • Data representation
  • Computer systems
  • Computer organisation and architecture
  • Consequences of uses of computing
  • Communications and networking

A2

Paper 1

  • Computer programming
  • Data structures
  • Systematic approach to problem solving
  • Algorithms
  • Theory of computation

Paper 2

  • Data representation
  • Computer systems
  • Computer organisation and architecture
  • Consequences of uses of computing
  • Communications and networking
  • Databases and Big Data
  • Functional programming

Non-exam assessment

  • Solution to a practical problem e.g. website with dynamic content, computer game, control system OR investigation report e.g. rendering 3D worlds on screen.

Entry requirements

Required At least 5 A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent). Grade C in English.

Recommended Grade B in Maths and at least a grade B in Computer Science (if taken).

Assessment

AS

Paper 1 1 ½ on-screen exam 50% AS level

Paper 2 1½ hour written paper exam 50% AS Level

A2

Paper 1 2 ½ hour on-screen exam 40% A Level 

Paper 2 2½ hour written paper exam 40% A Level 

Future opportunities

This course is a good route onto degree courses in Computing and also Science, Engineering and Maths. It would also prepare students well for a variety of jobs in IT.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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