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Computer Science A Level at Bishop Ramsey C of E School

Course description

Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-wrold systems.  It's an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitment, that can look at the natural world through a digital prism.  Our Computer Science qualifications will value computational thinking, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence.  These are the concepts that lie at the heart of our Computer Science qualifications.  This will be the best preparation for students who want to go on to study Computer Science at a higher level and will also provide a good grounding for other subject areas that require computational thinking and analytical skills. 

Course content

The aims of this course:

  • Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science.
  • Analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving problems including writing computer programmes.
  • Develop the capacity of thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.
  • Develop mathematical skills.
  • Develop the ability to articulate moral, ethical, legal and cultural opportunities of digital technology.

Unit 1 - Part 1: Computing Principles

  • Understanding of operating systems
  • Introduction to programming
  • Understanding of databases, networks and web technologies.
  • Using Boolean algebra.
  • Computing-related laws.

Unit 1 - Part 2: Computer Systems

  • Components of a computer and their uses
  • How data is exchanged between different systems
  • How data is represented and stored in different structures and the use of different algorithms understanding legal, moral and ethical issues

Unit 2 - Part 1: Algorithms and Problem Solving

  • Understanding computational thinking
  • Problem solving and programming
  • Analysis and design

Unit 2 - Part 2: Algorithms and Programming

  • Elements of computational thinking
  • Problem solving and programming
  • The use of algorithms to describe problems and standard algorithms

Unit 3 - Programming Project

  • Analysis of the problem
  • Design of the solution
  • Implementation of the solution
  • Evaluation

Entry requirements

Computer Science GCSE Grade 6, English Language GCSE Grade 5 and Mathematics GCSE Grade 6.

Students are also advised to purchase a textbook which can be purchased through ParentPay at the start of Year 12 at a cost of £30.00



AS Assessment

Unit 1 : Externally marked question paper 1 hour 15 mins

Unit 2 : Externally marked question paper - 1 hour 15 mins

A Level Assessment

Unit 1 : Externally marked question paper - 2 hours 30 mins

Unit 2 : Externally marked question paper - 2 hours 30 mins

Unit 3 : Internally assessed, externally moderated

Future opportunities

This course will give students a clear progression into higher education and lead to job opportunities including, but not limited to, computer programmer, APP developer, games developer, web designer and computer engineer.

Further information

Please contact Mr Ketter or Mr Mayne for further information.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Ramsey C of E School directly.

Last updated date: 22 November 2018
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