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Computer Science

A Level |AQA

“Studying A Level Computer Science has been immensely eye opening and highly inspirational. The potential of my favourite subject is untenable, its impact on our own modern world has yet to unfold, I am so pleased that my education in this field will open pathways, allowing my influence on the world in which we live, to be realised” Emily, Year 12

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Why study Computer Science?
Computing and the field of Computer Science is one of the fastest moving, most exciting and challenging fields of human achievement that you will discover. This course is designed to introduce you to the principles of Computational Thinking and Software Engineering which will allow you the freedom to explore the possibilities of developing your own software at home and to prepare you for a career in the Digital Age.
The first year will give you a general introduction to the subject. You will study such topics as how your computer stores and manipulates data within main memory using the Stored Program Concept. In the second year, you will delve deeper into the core theory of computational Science. You will study the key algorithms and principles which underpin modern computing. You will learn how to build programs using Python as well as how to design and program databases using SQL.

Extra-curricular aspects of the course
There is a high expectation that students will conduct some of their learning in a variety of businesses where there is a high dependency on Computer Science. It is envisaged that businesses visited will be in both the private and public sector, including many online UK businesses. From these work related experiences, learners will be expected to develop further their knowledge and skills of the Computer Science sector.

Entry Requirements
A GCSE Grade 6 is expected in Computer Science  Due to the amount of Mathematical skills in this course, it would be beneficial for students to have a Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics. 

Higher Education and Careers
Computer Science is an extremely useful A Level leading into a wide variety of computer-based disciplines plus
technologically rich subjects such as engineering or science. It combines well with Math's and Science. This new
qualification was written in consultation with universities and industry to accelerate success at degree or foundation degree, whilst also ensuring a pathway into employment in industry involving computing or problem solving skills.

Equipment required for the course
Students will require an A4 lever arch folder, lined paper, plastic wallets, section dividers and stationary.

Exam Time % of A-Level
Paper 1: Testing the students ability to program as well as their theoretical
knowledge of Computer Science
On-screen Exam: 2 hours 30
Paper 2: Testing the students ability to
answer questions from the course 
External written Exam: 2 hours 30

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.
Externally assessed 75 marks available, worth 20% of A Level

For more information on this course please email 
Mrs S O’Brien