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Computer Science A Level at Caldew School

Course description

Advances in computing are transforming the way we work and this course has been designed to allow you to gain an understanding of the Computer Science world. This course offers students excellent progression opportunities into higher education and the ability to be able to thrive in the work place.

Course content

Subject content – AS/A-Level

1 Fundamentals of programming

2 Fundamentals of data structures

3 Fundamentals of algorithms

4 Theory of computation

5 Fundamentals of data representation

6 Fundamentals of computer systems

7 Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture

8 Consequences of uses of computing

9 Fundamentals of communication and networking

10 Fundamentals of databases (A-Level Only)

11 Big Data (A-Level Only)

12 Fundamentals of functional programming (A-Level Only)

13 Systematic approach to problem solving (A-Level Only)

14 Non-exam assessment - the computing practical project (A-Level Only)

Entry requirements

GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above. A keen interest in computer science and programming. You do not need to have studied Computing at GCSE although this would be desirable.

Assessment

AS-Level Exams

Paper 1 – 50% Is a Computer Based external exam, which will involve

programming under exam conditions.

Paper 2 – 50% Is a Written Exam where students will answer questions

based on Computer Science Theory as described above.

 

A-Level Exams

Paper 1 – 40% Is a Computer Based external exam, which will involve

programming under exam conditions?

Paper 2 – 40% Is a Written Exam where students will answer questions

based on Computer Science Theory as described above.

 

Non-Exam Assessment – 20% Solving a Practical problem in Computer

Science using a Systematic approach. This will be assessed by your teacher.

Future opportunities

Excellent opportunities for a wide selection of university courses and employment, not just linked to computer science and programming. Essential skills for students interested in software development, games design or other computer science related courses or jobs.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years

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