What Do I Need To Study This Course?
6+ in GCSE Computer Science and/or 6+ in GCSE Mathematics and evidence of an interest in programming (if GCSE Computer Science not studied).
What Will I Study?
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
- 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
- Programming project component (03) 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.
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.
How Will I Be Assessed?
Candidates will sit two exam papers at the end of year 13 and will complete a Project at the end of Year 12/beginning of Year 13;
Paper 1 – Computer systems – 140 marks, 2½ hour written paper – 40% of total A Level.
Paper 2 – Algorithms and programming component – 140 marks, 2½ hour written paper – 40% of total A Level.
Project – 70 marks, non-exam assessment – 20% of total A Level.
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