Computer Science A level at Richard Challoner School
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.
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).
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.