Qualification: A Level
Computer science is the study of computer systems, including: hardware and software components, algorithms and programming. You will learn the necessary skills to be a proficient programmer and solve real world problems using creative and innovative high-tech solutions. You will be taught logical thinking skills that will benefit your future studies at university and beyond, and you will also be better prepared for the increasing number of new and lucrative careers within the IT industry. If you want to work with cutting edge technology and be part of the digital revolution, then computer science is the right course for you.
Includes: the characteristics of processors, input, output and storage devices, software and software development, exchanging data, data types, data structures and legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues.
Algorithms and Programming:
Relates principally to problem solving skills and includes: understanding algorithms, elements of computational thinking and programming.
A practical assessment involving a task that is chosen by the student and their teacher and is produced in a programming language of their choice. Students will work through their project according to the guidance in the specification and complete the following tasks: analysis of the problem, design of the solution, development of the solution and evaluation of the solution.
Two written exam papers
Paper 1: Computer Systems – worth 40%
Paper 2: Algorithms and Programming – worth 40%
One piece of coursework
Programming Project – worth 20%
This qualification could aid progression onto a variety of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) based degree courses. Computer Science combines well with subjects that benefit from a logical and systematic approach, and those with analytical, scientific & technological aspects.
Grade 5 in Maths and IT GCSE
OCR AS and A Level Computer Science Textbook by PM Heathcote and RSU Heathcote (£30 RRP)