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Computer Science

Subject Description

The course is designed to develop an understanding of the
fundamentals of computing required to prepare students who
wish to go on to higher education courses or employment, where
knowledge of Computing would be beneficial.
The A Level consists of two exams and one project solution at the
end of Year 13
Paper 1: What’s assessed: this paper tests a student’s ability to
program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of Computer
Science.
Paper 2: What’s assessed: this paper tests a student’s ability to
answer questions from subject content.
Practical project: A documented project solution involving
advanced programming skills.

Future Destinations:

There is a wide variety of careers and university courses available
to students with a qualification in Computing. In today’s
workplace, those with knowledge and skills in computing have
the opportunity to pursue new and exciting careers and to
be instrumental in the conception of computer systems that
increasingly shape work and leisure activities.

Qualification:

A Level

Exam Board:

AQA

Entry Requirements:

Essential:
Grade 5 English, Grade 5 Maths
Desirable:
Grade 6 Computer Science, Grade 6 English,
Grade 6 Maths

Extra Curricular Activities

Students who enrol in CCNA Discovery are not expected to have any previous technical skills or knowledge, aside from basic PC skills.

Content and Assessment Breakdown:

Unit One

What’s assessed

This paper test’s a students ability to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of computer science – fundamentals of programming, fundamentals of data structures, systematic approach to problem solving and theory of computation.

Assessed

On-screen exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

50% of AS

Unit Two

What’s assessed

This paper tests a student’s ability to answer questions regarding the fundamentals of data representation, fundamentals of computer systems, fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture, consequences of using computing and the fundamentals of communication and networking.

Assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 30  minutes

50% of AS

Unit Three

What’s assessed

This paper tests a student’s ability to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of computer science and skills.

Assessed

On-screen exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

40% of A-level

Unit Four

What’s assessed

This paper tests a students knowledge on subject content.

Assessed

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

40% of A-level

Unit Five

Non-exam assessment

The non-exam assessment assessed a student’s ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve of investigate a practical problem. Students will be expected to follow a systematic approach to problem solving.

Assessed

75 marks

20% of A-level

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