Computer Science at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School
AIM OF THE COURSE
Advances in computing are transforming the way we work and the new Computer Science A-level reflects these changes. Computational thinking is at the core of Computer Science. It allows us to model problems in ways that enable us to develop effective solutions using skills like abstraction, inference and algorithm design. Students choosing the Computer Science A-level will be well-prepared to take on the challenges of the modern world. A world in which the impact of computing on all individuals and groups will continue to increase and the need for problem-solvers able to meet these challenges head-on is paramount.
At A-level, students will study the concepts associated with the use of Computers in the 21st century. Students will focus on concepts such as; the Theory of Computation, Fundamentals of Computer Systems, Big Data, Programming (choice of languages) and Systematic Approach to Problem Solving. As well as the 2 examined units there is a non-examined practical project. Throughout the course students will be expected to have the ability to articulate the individual (moral), social (ethical), legal and cultural opportunities and risks of digital technology.
Students will need to:
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
• Apply knowledge and understanding of the principles and concepts of computer science, including to analyse problems in computational terms.
• Design, program and evaluate computer systems that solve problems, making reasoned judgements about these and presenting conclusions. Unit Title Weighting Assessment Paper 1 40% of A-level 2.5 hour on-screen exam Paper 2 40% of A-level 2.5 hour written exam Non-exam assessment 20% of A-level Practical project completed in class
Unit Title Weighting Assessment
Paper 1 40% of A-level 2.5 hour on-screen exam Paper 2 40% of A-level 2.5 hour written exam
Non-exam assessment 20% of A-level Practical project completed in class
You should have achieved an APS of 40+ at GCSE including an A or B in GCSE Computing.
The Computer Science qualification can lead to work in the Computing industry, but in today’s world the competent knowledge of Computing and problem solving abilities would support any career choice.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School directly.