Computer Science

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The Course At a Glance

MISSION: Equip students with logical and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed at A-level, the workplace or beyond.

You will:

  • study computing devices and systems, and develop understanding on how they work.
  • learn how to approach problems, devise algorithms, and use appropriate data types and data structures to model problems.
  • follow industrial standards to tackle practical problems, develop software solutions, test and evaluate the effectiveness of solutions

In Details

What the Course Offers


Theory

    Theoretical knowledge from the following subject content:
    1. Fundamentals of data representation
    2. Fundamentals of computer networks
    3. Computer systems
    4. Fundamentals of cyber security
    5. Ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology on wider society, including issues of privacy

    Assessment:

    This is assessed by a written exam set in practically based scenarios that are a mix of multiple choice, short, longer answer and extended response questions assessing your theoretical knowledge. The paper is 1 hour 30 minutes and is marked out of 80 marks, which forms 50% of your GCSE

Computational Thinking & Problem Solving

    Computational thinking, problem solving, code tracing and applied computing as well as theoretical knowledge of Computer Science from the following subjects:
    1. Fundamentals of algorithms
    2. Programming
    3. Fundamentals of data representation
    4. Computer systems

    Assessment:

    This is assessed by a written exam set in practically based scenarios that are multiple choice, short answer and longer answer questions assessing your practical problem solving and computational thinking skills.
    The paper is 1 hour 30 minutes and is marked out of 80 marks, which forms 50% of your GCSE.

Non-Exam Assessment

    The programming project develops your ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve a problem.
    • You will be expected to follow a systematic approach to problem solving, consistent with the skills described in Section 8 of the subject content in the specification.
    • The skills developed can be applied to exam questions on Computational Thinking & Problem Solving.
    • This is assessed by you developing a computer program to solve the programming project provided by AQA.
    • In addition to designing, developing and testing by your program solution to the given problem, you will also produce an original report outlining your solution.
    • Total time for the written report is 20 hours of timetabled work which must be evidenced.

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The Specifications

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Exam Papers

AQA Sample Papers

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