A level Computer Science

AQA

Topics covered in A Level:

Programming, data structures, algorithms, computational thinking, data representation, computer systems, computer organisation and architecture, consequences of using computing, communication and networking, databases and software development. 

Why study Computer Science?

Computing in industry is essentially a practical subject which applies theory to design and develops products for clients.  With this in mind we have developed our curriculum to reflect modern business practice.  Most learning is delivered through projects, which involve project management, team work, report writing and the use of industry standard programming languages.  The specification looks at how computers store and manipulate data, encryption techniques, details about networking, the Internet and how data can be stored and manipulated.

 

Assessment:

Paper 1 (40%) : 2 hours & 30 minutes on screen exam. Assessment covers programming, data structures, algorithm design and computation.

Paper 2 (40%): 2 hours £& 30 minutes written paper. Assessment covers computer architecture, networks, problem solving, database and big data.

Non Exam Assessment (20%): assesses student's ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve or investigate a practical problem.

Entry Requirements:

Grade A or B GCSE in English and Maths and if taken, grade A in GCSE Computer Science