Computer Science A Level

Level Three
Exam Board: AQA
Assessment: 40% on-screen practial programming examination, 40% written examination, 20% NEA.

Course Content

1. Fundamentals of programming
2. Fundamentals of data structures
3. Systematic approach to problem solving
4. Theory of computation
5. Fundamentals of data representation
6. Fundamentals of computer systems
7. Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture
8. Consequences of uses of computing
9. Fundamentals of communication and networking

Why Study Computer Science?

Computer Science is an increasingly popular choice at ‘A’ level, and a wide range of subjects complement the course. Computer Science goes well with Physics/Electronics and Maths for students following a scientific Computing career pathway. Other popular combinations include Computer Science with Technology and indeed most other A-Level courses!

The study of A-level Computer Science allows students to develop detailed knowledge and understanding of the inner workings of a computer, Computational Thinking Skills and of course Computer Programming. From binary to Data Structures from Hardware components to Robots, from algorithms to programmed solutions, students gain an insight into the amazing complexities and astonishing truths about how computers work and their impact on society and the world. Students are given the opportunity to develop practical and analytical skills in addition to acquiring computing knowledge and understanding. As well as stimulating natural curiosity, the challenging course should prepare you well for employment or higher education.

Why choose The Deanery?

We have a dedicated team of staff who are experienced, passionate about the subject and committed to your success. You will enhance your practical skills and understanding with use of specialist resources such as Delphi, Prolog, Haskell and robotics kits.

We are members of the Microsoft Academy, the Cisco Networking Academy and the CompTIA Academy. These academies recognise the expertise present within the Deanery and give our students access to a range of free industry standard software and resources for use at home.

Results

100% pass rate with every student achieving a positive value added result

What could this subject lead to?

A-level Computing can lead to highly paid employment in areas such as systems analysis, computer programming or systems development. It is the ideal preparation for degrees in subjects such as Computing, Cyber Security, Robotics, Hardware Design, software engineering, information architect, networking, security and even Computing Journalism.

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