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:

There is an up-to-date specification that focuses on the knowledge, understanding and skills students need to progress to higher education or thrive in the workplace. Examinations include a variety of assessment styles so that students feel more confident and able to engage with the questions. Assessment of non-exam assessment (NEA) is straightforward and designed to encourage students to do an investigative project on a topic of particular interest to them. An interest in programming with any of the following is essential – C#; Java; Pascal/Delphi; Python; VB.Net.

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/

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