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Computer Science A level at Richard Challoner School

Course description

 This course will enable learners to develop a broad range of skills in the areas of programming, system development, computer architecture, data, communication and applications. The knowledge, understanding and skills are set by different projects, activities and research. There is no hierarchy implied by the order in which content and amplification are presented.

Course content

Component 1: Programming and System Development

Written Examination, 2 hours 45 mins, 40% of qualification

This component investigates programs, data structures, algorithms, logic, programming methodologies and the impact of computer science on society.

Component 2: Computer Architecture, Data, Communication and Applications

Written Examination, 2 hours 45 minutes, 40% of qualification

This component investigates computer architecture, communication, data representation, organisation and structure of data, programs, algorithms and software applications.

Component 3: Programmed solution to a problem

Non-exam assessment, 20% of qualification

This unit requires the learners to investigate, design, prototype, implement, test and evaluate a computer solution to a substantial problem of their choice. The learner’s chosen problem must provide sufficient scope for them to access the marks available for each section of the work. Learners need to investigate their chosen problemsin sufficient detail to identify how data is collected, processed and output currently. The current system may be either paper-based or electronic. Candidates must solve the problem using original code (programming).


Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 6 or above in Computer Science and GCSE Grade 5 or above in Mathematics and English Language. Students who do not have a GCSE in Computer Science would need a meeting with the Subject Leader.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 October 2017
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