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Computer Science at Old Swinford Hospital

Course description

Relevant to the classroom and the real world

Advances in computing are transforming the way we work and our new Computer Science specification is changing with the times. We’ve worked closely with teachers to develop our popular qualification, refreshing the content where needed but retaining the most popular and effective aspects of the previous specification.

This evolutionary approach has built on strong foundations to deliver a flexible, accessible and rigorous qualification, backed by top quality support, resources and professional development.

Without the need for huge changes we’re delighted to present an up-to-date specification that focuses on the knowledge, understanding and skills students need to progress to higher education or thrive in the workplace.

Subject content

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

11 Big Data

12 Fundamentals of functional programming

13 Non-exam assessment - the computing practical project


Paper 1

What's assessed: this paper tests a student's ability to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of Computer Science from subject content 1-4 above.


• On-screen exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

            • 40% of A-level


Students answer a series of short questions and write/adapt/extend programs in an Electronic

Answer Document provided by us. We will issue Preliminary Material, a Skeleton Program (available in each of the Programming Languages) and, where appropriate, test data, for use in the exam.

Paper 2

What's assessed: this paper tests a student's ability to answer questions from subject content 5-12 above.


• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

• 40% of A-level


Compulsory short-answer and extended-answer questions.

Non-exam assessment

What's assessed: the non-exam assessment assesses student's ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve a practical problem.


• 75 marks

• 20% of A-level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Old Swinford Hospital directly.

Last updated date: 01 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September


  • More information
    • Sixth Form courses at Old Swinford Hospital are delivered at our site located off Heath Lane in Old Swinford. The campus is located only a 5 minutes walk away from Stourbridge Junction train station and about 5-10 minutes walk from the centre of Stourbridge town.