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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:
GCSE Grade 5 or above in Mathematics and English
Desirable:
Follows on from GCSE Computer Science

Content and Assessment Breakdown:

AS Level - Paper 1

What’s assessed

This paper tests a student’s 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

AS Level - Paper 2

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

A Level - Paper 1

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

A Level - Paper 2

What’s assessed

This paper tests a student’s knowledge on subject content.

Assessed

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

40% of A-level

A Level - Non-examined assessment project

Non-exam assessment

The non-exam assessment assesses 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

Teacher Details

Teacher: Mrs A Begum

If you would like to know more about the course, please email Mrs A Begum:

a.begum@www.twsf.lancs.sch.uk

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