Computer Science (A-Level AQA)

Course entry requirements:

English Language, Maths and Science at a grade 5.  GCSE Computer Science would be an advantage but not essential – if studied a minimum of grade 6 is needed.  Good communication & analytical skills. An interest in computer programming and problem solving. Passionate students not quite meeting these grades should apply for interview with Head of College.

OVERVIEW OF COURSE:

The course is not about programming; you will program, lots, but only as a tool to test and develop problem solving skills and algorithmical thinking. There is an emphasis on abstract thinking, general problem solving, algorithmic and mathematical reasoning.

You can expect to:

• Engage in problem solving, write and use algorithms.

• Learn to write and test programs in high level language, assembly code and functional code..

• Learn about hardware and software, networks and the Internet.

• Understand the ways in which data is represented in a computer system.

• Understand the ethical and legal constraints when using computer systems.

• Use relational databases.

• Understand the system development lifecycle and the needs of a real end user.

COURSE DETAILS AND ASSESSMENT INFORMATION:

Paper 1

On-screen exam: 2 hours 45 minute 40% of A-level. Students answer a series of short questions and write/adapt/extend programs in an Electronic Answer Document provided by the exam board.

Paper 2

This paper tests a student’s ability to answer short-answer and extended-answer questions from subject content in a written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of A-level.

Non-exam assessment

The non-exam assessment assesses student’s ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve or investigate a practical problem. Students will be expected to follow a systematic approach to problem solving. 75 marks, 20% of A-level.

WHERE CAN THIS COURSE TAKE ME?

Access to the IT industry. Careers related to mathematics, statistics, sciences, analytics, product development, or anything else which requires analytical problem solving skills. University/Higher Education

I CAN FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION BY

Useful Websites http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/computer-science-and-it/as-and-a-level

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006m9ry

http://www.codecademy.com/

http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/