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Computer Science AS Level at Graveney School

Course description

Advances in computing are transforming the way we work and this new Computer Science specification is changing with the times. It retains the most popular and effective aspects of the previous course but has also refreshed and updated the content.This evolutionary approach has built on strong foundations to deliver a flexible, accessible and rigorous qualification.

Many great challenges lie in the future for Computer Scientists. The discipline is about designing new algorithms to solve new problems and this course, with its emphasis on abstract thinking, general problem solving, algorithmic and mathematical reasoning,
scientific and engineering-based thinking, is a great foundation for understanding these future challenges.
 
The course has an emphasis on computational thinking – a kind of reasoning used by both humans and machines. Thinking computationally is an important life skill and means using abstraction and decomposition and discovering what can be computed and how to compute it. The course will also encourage students to: Analyse a problem and identify the parts which are appropriate for a computer solution. Select, justify and apply appropriate techniques and principles to develop data structures and algorithms
for the solutions to problems. Design, implement and document an effective solution using appropriate hardware and software including the use of a programming language.

Course content

Problem solving, programming, data structures, data representation, software development, theory of computation, computer systems, machine-level architecture, communications and networking.
 

Assessment

Paper 1.
- this paper tests a student’s ability to program, as well as
their theoretical knowledge of Computer Science.
- On-screen exam: 1 hour 30 minutes.
- 50% of AS.
- Students answer a series of short questions and
write/adapt/extend programs in an Electronic Answer
Document.

Paper 2.
- this paper tests a student’s ability to answer questions
from subject content.
- Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes.
- 50% of AS.
- A series of short-answer and extended-answer
questions.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 November 2017
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