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A-Level Computer Science

If a student has attended a school which offers GCSE Computer Science, it is required that he or she will have taken the subject and will have achieved a grade A or above.  If a student has attended a school which does not offer a GCSE qualification, it is required that he or she will have achieved a grade 7 or above in Maths.

This qualification consists of two units which enable candidates to demonstrate their knowledge of the fundamental principles of Computer Science.

Among the many benefits, this programme of study offers to candidates is that it encourages candidates to:

  • develop their problem solving ability in a computing context using algorithmic approach
  • demonstrate their knowledge of programming through a problem solving scenario
  • develop an understanding of the hardware and software aspects of computing

AS

Unit

Unit Title / Content

Assessment

1

 

Problem Solving, Programming, Data Representation

  • Fundamentals of programming
  • Fundamentals of data structures
  • Software development
  • Theory of computation

On-Screen Exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

 

Students answer a series of short questions and write/adapt/extend programs in an Electronic Answer Document provided by the board

Weighting: 50% of total AS

2

  • Fundamentals of data representation
  • Fundamentals of computer systems
  • Fundamental of computer organisation and architecture
  • Consequences of uses of computing
  • Fundamentals of communication and networking

Written Exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

Weighting: 50% of total AS

A-Level Computer Science is only available for pupils who have completed the AS level qualification, consequently prior knowledge is expected. Students will confirm whether they will be sitting AS or continuing to A-Level in the first half of Year 12.  The A-Level qualification builds upon the topics covered during the AS programme of study and consists of two further modules of study.  Focus is now placed on pupils being able to construct programs which solve real client problems.

Among the many benefits that this programme of study offers to candidates is that it encourages candidates to:

  • Further develop their knowledge and understanding of programming, this time offering candidates the opportunity to learn and develop skills in a programming language of their choice.
  • Demonstrate their knowledge of algorithms, their construction and application.
  • Develop an understanding of communications and networking.

A-Level Units

 

Unit Title/Content

 

Assessment

1

 

  • Fundamentals of communication and networking
  • Fundamentals of databases
  • Big Data
  • Fundamentals of functional programming
  • Systematic approach to problem solving

Written Exam: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Marks available: 100

Weighting: 30% A Level marks

 

2

The computing practical Projects

  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Construction/Implementation
  • Testing
  • Training
  • Maintenance
  • Evaluation

Practical Project

Marks available: 75

Weighting: 20% A level marks

Further information on the GCE Computing can be found at www.aqa.org.uk

Enrichment:

Key note lectures are attended at selected Universities and educational establishments.

Associated Careers:

  • Analysts  - Software Designer (Games, Web etc)
  • Business Development Consultants
  • Programmers (Java, Web)
  • Technical Developers - Technical Authors
  • System Testers – Testers – Trainers - Technical Support - Music Industry
  • Television and Screen Animation - Computer aided Design and Manufacture