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Computer Science

Course requirements 

GCSE Computing or Computer Science C.

Course description 

The department teaches the AQA specification. This course is not about learning to use tools or just training in a programming language. Instead the emphasis is on computational thinking. Computational thinking is a kind of reasoning used by both humans and machines. Thinking computationally means using abstraction and decomposition. The study of computation is about what can be computed and how to compute it. Computing involves questions that have the potential to change how we view the world. For example, we may be computing with DNA at some stage in the future, with computer circuits made of genes.

Advances in Computing are transforming the way we work and this Computing course focuses on the knowledge, understanding and skills students need to progress to higher education or thrive in the workplace.

AS Components

  • 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

A Level Components

  • Fundamentals of programming
  • Fundamentals of data structures
  • Fundamentals of algorithms
  • Theory of computation
  • Fundamentals of data representation
  • Fundamentals of computer systems
  • Fundamentals of computer organization 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
  • Non-exam assessment – the computing practical project
Assessment 
  • AS - Paper 1: On-screen exam: 1 hour 30 minutes: 50% of AS
  • AS - Paper 2: Written exam: 1 hours 30 minutes: 50% of AS. 
  • A Level: Paper 1: On-screen exam: 2 hours 30 minutes: 40% of A Level
  • A Level: Paper 2: Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes: 40% of A Level
  •  A Level: Non-exam assessment: 75 marks: 20% of A Level
Progression 

Please note: There is a clear distinction between GCE ICT and GCE Computer Science.

This course is designed for students who wish to go on to higher education courses or employment where knowledge of Computing would be beneficial. One can study Computing and go on to a career in Medicine, Law, Business, Politics or any type of Science.