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Computer Science AS/A2 Level at Alexandra Park School

Course description

This course is designed to truly reflect the essence of computing science as an important, fundamental, academic discipline underpinning other subjects, and will enable students to develop their problem-solving skills in a creative and interesting way.

The course is not dependent on having studied computing science before, although a good knowledge and understanding of mathematics is very important.

Course content

The A level is divided into two separate but related sections which are similar in both AS and A2. The first, examined in Paper 1 will focus on the fundamental skills of solving problems in a computing science context, using knowledge of algorithms and data structures, the theory of computation and the software development cycle. This will be tested on an online exam, although preparation will involve many opportunities to develop as a programmer. At A2 level, this is also tested as part of a project called the non-examinable assessment (NEA) where you will solve a practical problem.

Paper 2 covers various topics related to computer and network architecture, and studying the application consequences of computing.

Entry requirements

You should have a minimum of five GCSEs above grade C; there is a requirment for Mathematics at grade A, and, if studied previously, Computer Science GCSE at grade B or above.

Future opportunities

This is the ideal A level for students who want to investigate the possible work and academic options in computing science, as well as various subjects where the skills are relevant (such as Maths and Engineering).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 October 2016
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    • Alexandra Park School is a thriving and dynamic school which boasts excellent examination results and an outstanding curriculum experience in both the main school and the sixth form. The school is situated on a beautiful five-acre site adjacent to Durnsford Park within sight of Alexandra Palace. The school was opened in 1999 with the aim of creating a great comprehensive school at the heart of the community. We have become that great local school offering top-class education alongside a wealth of opportunities.