Computer Science at Old Swinford Hospital
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.
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
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.
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.
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.