We offer A-level Computer Science (AQA). The course is a linear A-level and will be assessed at the end of two years. Assessment is through two examinations (80%) and coursework (20%).
Paper 1 – 40% of course
The focus of this unit is to develop you as an effective problem solver and programmer of computer based solutions to problems. The paper will be a two and a half hour practical examination undertaken on a computer.
Preparation for this exam will be around practical activities writing and developing computer programs in C# in order to solve a variety of problems.
Paper 2 – 40% of course
The focus for this unit is to develop your understanding of computing theory in a variety of areas including data storage, computer architecture, functional programming and networking. This paper will be a two and a half hour paper based examination.
The practical project – 20% of course
This is your opportunity to design, develop and test a system of your own. You have the freedom to build almost anything from apps to games, interactive websites to network tools. The choice is yours! This unit is an assessed piece of coursework.
Note: there is a 10% maths content to the A-level. This will include topics such as Boolean algebra, graph theory and number bases.