Computer Science AS/A2 Level at Alexandra Park School
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.
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.
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.
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.