THE ECCLESBOURNE SCHOOL

Learning Together For The Future

Key Stage 5 Computing

Exam Board: AQA

Contact: Mr D. Hewitt

Course Overview

At AS this course aims to give you an understanding of the main principles of Computer Science. Paper 1 will cover the fundamentals of programming, data structure, software development, theory of computation, data representation, computer systems, computer organisation and architecture, consequences and uses of computing and communication and networking.

At A level you will continue to develop capability in the use of a programming language in readiness for the Paper 1 exam. Paper 2 will build on theory covered at AS but will also include fundamentals of algorithms, databases, functional programming and big data. In the computing practical project they will develop a systemic approach to problem solving.

There is a clear distinction between this course and ICT, so please read both briefs carefully before making your decision.

Entry Requirements:

5 GCSES 4-9 or A*-C to include Maths and English Lang or Lit Grade 5

Where can Computing take me?

An A Level in Computing will help you go on to higher level qualification, such as an Honours Degree, or alternatively, you can go straight into work. It will prepare you for a range of careers in the public, private and voluntary sectors, including law, business, politics or any type of science.

Assessment

AS LEVEL ASSESSMENT % of course
Paper 1
Paper 2
1 hour 30 minute exam
1 hour 30 minute exam
50%
50%
A LEVEL ASSESSMENT % of course
Paper 1
Paper 2
Centre Assessed Unit
2 hour 30 minute exam
2 Hour 30 minute exam
Centre Assessed Project
40%
40%
20%