Computer Science

Head of Department: Mr E Shannon,

As this is a highly academic subject we would expect those who opt for this A Level to have achieved a minimum grade A in both Mathematics and Physics at GCSE.

AS Overview

  • 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.

AS Assessment

Paper 1

This paper tests a student’s ability to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of computer science.

Assessed

On-screen exam: 1hour 30 minutes – 50% of AS

Paper 2

This paper tests a student’s ability to answer questions from theoretical topics ranging from fundamentals of data representation to fundamental of communication and networking

Assessed

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes – 50% of AS

A Level

A Level Overview

  • 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
  • Big Data
  • Systematic approach to problem solving
  • Non-exam assessment - the computing practical project.

Assessments

Paper 1

This paper tests a student’s ability to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of computer science.

Assessed: On-screen exam: 2 hours 30 minutes – 40% of A Level

Paper 2

This paper tests a student’s ability to answer questions on subject content

Assessed: Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes – 40% of A Level

Non-exam assessment

The non-exam assessment 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.

Assessed

75 marks in total – 20% of A Level

Careers

In addition to Computer Science itself, the subject provides excellent foundation for any science, technology, engineering or mathematic degrees. Computer Science students go on to a wide range of careers, including games developer, multimedia programmer, network engineer, systems analyst, software developer to name but a few.