THE ECCLESBOURNE SCHOOL

Learning Together For The Future

Key Stage 5 Computing

Exam Board: AQA

Contact: Mr D. Hewitt

Course Overview

This course aims to give you an understanding of the main principles of computer science and the theory exam will cover the fundamentals of programming, data structures, software development, theory of computation, data representation, computer systems, computer organisation and architecture, consequences and uses of computing and communication and networking.

You will also develop capability in the use of a programming language in readiness for the practical programming exam and will carry out a practical project to solve a problem of your choice.

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 can help you to go on to higher level qualifications, 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

A LEVEL ASSESSMENT % of course
Paper 1 - Programming Exam
Paper 2 - Theory Exam
Centre Assessed Unit - Programming Project
2 hour 30 minute exam
2 hour 30 minute exam
Centre Assessed Project
40%
40%
20%

If you have any questions or queries relating to the ICT or Computing curriculum please email headofict@ecclesbourne.derbyshire.sch.uk for more information.