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Computer Science AS/A Level at Okehampton College

Course description

The A Level in Computer Science has been designed to give an in-depth understanding of the fundamental concepts of computer science and a broad scope of study opportunities. The course encourages students to develop:
- an understanding of, and the ability to apply, the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation
- the ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so
- the capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
- the capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science

Course content

Unit 01 – Computer Systems (40% Exam assessment)
- The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices.
- Software and software development, exchanging data, data types, data structures and algorithms
- Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues

Unit 02 – Algorithms and Programming (40% Exam assessment)
- Elements of computational thinking
- Problem solving and programming
- Algorithms

Unit 03 – Programming Project (20% Coursework assessment) You will choose a computing problem to work through according to the guidance given. This will be developed and tested into a final complete application. The stages through this unit are:
- Analysis of the problem
- Design of the solution
- Developing the solution
- Evaluation

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A*-C GCSE’s, three of which should be Mathematics, English and Science or Computer Science.

Future opportunities

There are many employment opportunities for individuals with an A Level in Computer Science, alternatively the course provides an excellent for a Computing or ICT degree.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 August 2016

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