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Computer Science AS and A Level at Whitmore High School

Course description

Who is the course for?

Students who want to go on to study Computer Science at a higher level and will also provide a good grounding for other subject areas that require computational thinking and analytical skills.

Course content

Computer systems

This component will cover the following:

  • The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
  • Software and software development
  • Data types, structures and algorithms
  • Exchanging data
  • Legal and ethical issues 


Algorithms and programming 

This component will include the following:

  • Elements of computational thinking
  • Problem solving and programming
  • Software development methodologies
  • Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms. 


Programming project

Students and/or centres choose a computing problem to work through. This will enable students to demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the assessment objectives. Students will need to analyse the problem, design a solution, implement and test the solution and give a thorough evaluation.


How will I be assessed?

AS:  100% exams.  Two 75 minute exams

A2:   80% exams:   Two exams each 2 hours 30 minutes plus 20% programming project internally assessed.

Dates of assessments:


Future opportunities

What can it lead to?

University study or full time employment. It can lead to career opportunities within a wide variety of information communication technology fields including software, applications and systems analysis.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 December 2016

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