Computer Science A Level at Wallingford School
Computer Science is an experimental practical subject. By joining this course you learn through discovery. You enhance your problem-solving skills, think abstractly and communicate clearly and logically, where you can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. The course prepares you for any university course or career where you are expected to question what you are told, break problems into solvable chunks or think creatively
You will 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
• mathematical skills related to:
• Boolean algebra
• Comparison and complexity of algorithms
• Number representations and bases.
• the ability to articulate the individual (moral), social (ethical), legal and cultural opportunities and risks of the
increasing use of technology in society.
Students should have a GCSE grade B or 6 in the subject they are looking to study at Sixth Form. The exceptions are A levels that have not been taken at GCSE level (e.g. Psychology; Media Studies; Sociology). For these courses we will use the most appropriate GCSE qualification to make a decision. For example, GCSE Maths grade 6 to study Psychology and English Language grade 6 to study Media Studies and Sociology.
The A Level is linear course where you will be examined on your knowledge at the end of the course. You will also carry out a programming project set by the exam board.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wallingford School directly.