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Computer Science A Level at Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey

Course description

Computer Science is a practical subject where subjects can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems.  It is an intensely creative subject that combines invential and excitement and can look at the natural world through a digital prism.  The aims of this qualification are to enable learners to develop:

* An understanding and ability to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including: abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation

* The ablility to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so

* The capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically

* The capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science

* Mathematical skills

Course content

Potential topics that will be studied:

* The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices

* Software and software development

* Exchaning data

* Data types, data structures and algorithms

* Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues

* Elements of comuptational thinking

* Problem solving and programming

* Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms; the learner will choose a computing problem to work through according to the guidance in the specification

* Analysis of the problem

* Design of the solution

* Developing the solution

* Evaluation

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grades 5 A* to C including a minimum of B grade in Maths and Science


All units are assessed externally in four computer based exams.  The learners are able to get their results as soon as they have sat the examinations.  The examination is sat within a highly controlled assessment as in all externally assessed examinations.

Computer systems (01) is worht 140 marks and is a 2 hours and 30 minutes written paper equating to 40% of total A Level.

Alogrithms and programming (02) is also worth 140 marks and is a 2 hours and 30 minutes written paper  40% of the total A Level.

Programming project (03 or 04) 70 marks is a non-exam assessment and it worth 20% of the A-Level.

Future opportunities

This qualification will provide a direct link to employment and university progression in computing; including software design, game development and computer programming.  It will provide learners witha range of transferable skills which will facilitate personal growth and foster cross curriculum links in such areas as maths, science and design and technology.  Computer Science is a very creative subject and skills such as problem solving and analytical thinking will be refined and explored as learners progress through the learning and assessment programme.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 05 December 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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