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Computer Science

The new course incorporates the latest aspects of Computer Science at Advanced Level; learn to solve problems, program and prepare for all the challenges of the 21st Century.

Year 12

> Paper 1: Problem Solving, Abstraction, Programming and Practical Exercise

Learn to how to devise algorithms and abstract representations to solve problems and to encapsulate them in a working system.

> Paper 2: Computer Components, Organisation and Architecture,Communication and Networking, Data Representation

Learn how the components of a computer work together, how computers and other devices are connected and communicate over networks.

Year 13

> Paper 1: Problem Solving, Programming Paradigms, Data Structures and Algorithms

Learn how to develop complex algorithms and discover new programming paradigms.

> Paper 2: Computer Architecture, Databases, “Big Data”, Functional

Programming and Effects of Computer use Extend your knowledge of computer architecture, learn about databases and how massive amounts of data are processed and affect our everyday lives.

> Non exam component:  A chance to demonstrate your ability to take a project from conception to reality and to produce a system that meets the needs of a customer.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade 5 and above including a good Computing or ICT grade is preferred.

Recommended support materials and revision guides

At the start of both the AS and A Level parts of the course students are encouraged to read up on the current uses and innovations in computing using review magazines. There will also be the opportunity to attend revision/support classes.

Examination arrangements and weightings

AS Paper1 Practical Exam – 50% of total AS mark

AS Paper2 Written Exam – 50% of total AS mark

A Level Paper 1 Practical Exam – 40% of total A-Level mark

A Level Paper 2 Written Exam – 40% of total A-Level mark

A Level Project Coursework – 20% of total A-Level mark

Careers

Computing develops a range of skills and approaches. The skills gained support a number of different business areas.

As a result there are a wide range of career opportunities open to students, including cybersecurity specialist, civil service, teacher, web design, systems analyses, computer design and construction, software engineering, graphics and data analyses. This qualification is recognised by the top universities as an excellent A Level.

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