Computer Science

Qualification: 
A Level
Level: 
3

Exam Board: AQA

Duration: 
2 years

 

Course Content:

At Alton College on the Computer Science A-Level you will:

  • Cover topics such as programming, data structures, algorithms, databases, computer systems and networks
  • Be taught how to create ‘good’ computer programs
  • Develop a systematic approach to solving problems using both procedural, event-driven and functional programming languages such as: C#, Haskell, Java, Pascal, Prolog, Python and Visual Basic
  • Complete a practical programming project based on the requirements of a real end user
  • Analyse and design a range of challenging problems before creating and testing solutions
  • Learn how a computer translates a computer program into a form that the CPU can understand
  • Find out about binary, hexadecimal and how to analyse and simplify Boolean logic
  • Understand what really happens in the ‘heart’ of a CPU
  • Be able to fully appreciate what happens when you click on a link to browse the Internet
  • Gain an understanding of how a computer can create and play music recorded as a series of 1’s and 0’s

Assessment:

80% exams, 20% course work. 
Two exam papers; Paper 1 (on-screen exam includes programming), Paper 2 (written exam).

Studying at Alton College:

Lesson activities will include writing a number of computer programs to solve a range of challenging problems, independently researching how devices and systems function, working on individual programming projects, actively participating in class discussion plus a number of quizzes to test understanding.

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. For GCSEs which remain with the old grading system, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C.

You will need a logical mind to write your own computer program successfully and for this reason it is recommended that you have at least grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics.

Course costs:

None – online course textbook is available.

Computer Science works well with:

Biology
Chemistry
Economics
Electronics
Engineering
English
Further Maths
Languages
Maths
Physics