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A Level Computer Science 

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Head of Department

Email

AQA

7516 Mr Alex Isaachsen isaach-a@beaconsfieldhigh.bucks.sch.uk

Computer Science is one of the fastest growing academic disciplines. Part science, part creative and part humanities, it is theoretical, practical and challenging.

The two year A Level course will extend your knowledge and understanding of programming in Python, take a deeper dive into how computers work and further develop your understanding of the impact computing has had and will have in the future and  how they influence societies and individuals.

While the A Level course is a stand-alone course, a 7 or above at GCSE or considerable experience of planning, implementing and testing computer code are highly recommended:

  • Required:
  • - Maths: Level 7
  • Recommended:
  • - Computer Science: 7
  • - Experience coding in Python or another High-Level Language

A Level computer science would suit students who were either:

  • considering reading Computer Science, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence or some other course where a foundation in coding and how computers work will support their application
  • considering reading engineering, sciences, medicine or any other course that is using computers and technology in a transformational way...

Course Content 

Paper 1

  • Fundamentals of programming
  • Fundamentals of data structures
  • Systematic approach to problem solving
  • Theory of computation

Paper 2

  • Fundamentals of data representation
  • Fundamentals of computer systems
  • Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture
  • Consequences of uses of computing
  • Fundamentals of communication and networking

Non-exam Assessment

  • Practical Computing Project
  • Independent investigation and program development
  • Completely open choice of project

For further details visit the AQA Computer Science AS page

How is the course assessed?

Paper 1: This paper tests a student's ability to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of computer science

  • On-Screen Exam (2h 30m)
  • 40% of A Level

Paper 2: This paper tests a student's ability to answer questions from subject content listed above.

  • Written Exam (2h 30m)
  • 40% of A Level

Project: This project assesses a student's ability to solve or investigate a practical programming problem.

  • Project / Investigation (50 hours approx.)
  • 20% of A Level 

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