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Computer Science A Level at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Technology College

Course description

Computer Science will help you to develop your problem solving and critical thinking skills which are key skills whatever you choose to do in the future. This course has a practical component which allows you to put into practice the theory you learn when you undertake a Programming Project. Computer Science is a creative subject pushing you to be inventive at solving problems.

Course content

Unit 1 Computer Systems – 40% weighting
This unit looks at key issues of how computers work. You will learn more about the components of a computer and their uses and how data is exchanged between computer systems. It also examines types of software and how they are developed. The legal, moral, cultural and ethical aspects of computer use are learned about and discussed in his unit. This unit is assessed via a written examination.

Unit 2 Algorithms and Programming – 40% weighting
In this unit you will learn all about Computational Thinking. This will then develop your skills in Problem Solving and how computer programs can be written to help solve problems. In order to help you with programming you will learn about standard Algorithms to plan and describe problems. This unit is assessed via a written examination.

Unit 3 Programming Project – 20% weighting
In this unit you will use the skills you have developed in Unit 2 to develop a computer program to solve a user-driven problem. You will Analyse the problem, Design a solution, Program a solution and Evaluate how effective the project has been overall. This unit allows you to choose your own project and use your creative problem solving skills to complete the solution. This unit is internally assessed.

Entry requirements

In order to study A Level Computer Science you must have:

- GCSE Computing/Computer Science at a minimum of Grade C. This will tell us that you have the necessary background knowledge to progress to A Level in this subject.
- GCSE Mathematics at a minimum Grade 5. This is to enable you to access the mathematical aspects of the course.
- You will also be expected to undertake a series of Code Challenges across the summer to keep your programming skills fresh and to prepare you for the step up to A Level.

Future opportunities

Computer Science is a highly regarded, rigorous A Level that will really challenge the way that you think; it will require you to be logical and methodical in how you work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Francis of Assisi Catholic Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 20 March 2017
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