Horsforth School Sixth Form Course Guide

Opportunity and achievement for all | Horsforth School Sixth Form 5 COMPUTER SCIENCE (OCR Computer Science H446) Leader of Learning: Mr J Hood The content of this A Level Computer Science is divided into three components: • Computer systems component (01) contains the majority of the content of the specification and is assessed in a written paper recalling knowledge and understanding of: • The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices • Software and software development • Exchanging data • Data types, data structures and algorithms • Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues 140 marks, 2½ hour written paper – 40% of total A Level. • Algorithms and programming component (02) relates principally to problem solving skills needed by learners to apply the knowledge and understanding in Component 01. • Elements of computational thinking • Problem solving and programming • Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms 140 marks, 2½ hour written paper – 40% of total A Level. • Programming project component (03 or 04) is a practical portfolio based assessment with a task that is chosen by the teacher or learner and is produced in an appropriate programming language of the learner’s or teacher’s choice. 70 marks, non-exam assessment – 20% of total A Level. Mathematical skills are embedded throughout the content of the three components.They will be assessed in written papers and through the non-examined assessment where appropriate. DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY - PRODUCT DESIGN Curriculum Leader: Mrs S Mayo Subject content 1. Core technical principles 2. Core designing and making principles 3. Additional specialist knowledge Assessment Examination Paper 1: Core technical principles and core designing and making principles. • Written exam: 2.5 hours • 100 marks • 25% of A Level Questions Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response. Examination Paper 2: Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making principles. • Written exam: 1.5 hours • 25% of A Level Questions Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response. Section A: • Product analysis • Up to 6 short answer questions based on visual stimulus of product(s) Section B: • Commercial manufacture • Mixture of short and extended response questions NEA: Non-Examined Assessment - Coursework Project: Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge. • Substantial design and make task • 45 hours • 100 marks • 50% of A Level Evidence Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype. DRAMA - THEATRE STUDIES Curriculum Leader: Mrs S Kendal This is a two year course that covers all areas of drama from devising and scripted to studying set texts. The devising module allows student to explore a theme of their choice to create a piece of new and innovative drama.The process and performance is assessed.There is a log book/ written portfolio accompany this unit. The scripted module gives the students a chance to explore characterisation in more depth through close study of a play.This unit is marked solely on acting and there is a visiting examiner for the final performance. The written exam is taken at the end of A2 and will test the students’ ability to evaluate a live theatre performance and analyse a play text in detail. The course will offer many opportunities to work with visiting theatre companies and practioners and trips to the theatre are a must.