Computer Science (A-Level)

Computer Science (A-Level)

Advanced Level Qualification

Sixth Form Overview

Students aged 17-18 years old

Course Outline

This specification has been created to get students working with realworld programming and provides a good understanding of the fundamental principles of computing and computational thinking. This provides an academically challenging specification for students of all ability levels. You can choose from a range of programming languages for nonexam assessment, so you can tailor your specification to the preferences of the students.

  • Fundamentals of programming
  • Fundamentals of data structures
  • Systematic approach to problem solving
  • Theory of computation
  • Fundamentals of data representation
  • Fundamentals of computer systems
  • Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture
  • Consequences of uses of computing
  • Fundamentals of communication and networking
  • Fundamentals of programming
  • Fundamentals of data structures
  • Fundamentals of algorithms
  • Theory of computation
  • Fundamentals of data representation
  • Fundamentals of computer systems
  • Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture
  • Consequences of uses of computing
  • Fundamentals of communication and networking
  • Fundamentals of databases
  • Big Data
  • Fundamentals of functional programming Systematic approach to problem solving
  • Nonexam assessment the computing practical project
Assessment Criteria
  • Tests student’s ability to program
  • Theoretical knowledge of computer science from subject
    content 14 above.
  • Onscreen exams worth 50% of AS
  • Students answer a series of short questions and write/adapt/ extend programs
  • Tests student’s ability to answer questions from subject
    content 59 above.
  • Written exam
  • 50% of AS
  • Tests student’s ability to program
  • Theoretical knowledge        of computer science from subject content 1013 above.
  • Onscreen exams
  • Students answer a series of short questions and write/adapt/ extend programs in an Electronic Answer Document provided by the exam board.
  • 40% of AS
  • Tests student’s ability to
    answer questions from subject
    content 1421 above.
  • Written exam
  • 40% of AS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
  • Assesses student’s ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve or investigate a practical problem
  • Students will be expected to follow a systematic approach to problem solving
  • 20% of AS                                                                                                                                                                
  • Exam Board AQA
  • Course Code 7516/7517
  • AS Available Yes
  • Entry Requirements Grade 6 in Computing
  • Exam Papers 5
  • Course Work No
  • Prior Study Compulsory

Course Progression and Additional Information

Higher education courses such as Computer Science, Information Systems, game Design, Software engineering, Artificial intelligence and Health Informatics offer a wide range of careers ranging from Website and game designing, Scientific and technical research and design, Systems architect and AI and machine learning engineer.

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