Computing & IT – Computer Science A Level

Overview

Computer Science at Advanced Level, promotes integration of Computer Science.  Learners develop a broad range of skills in:

  • Programming
  • Software engineering
  • Computer architecture
  • Data communications
  • Applications

Course Content

Component 1: Programming and System Development

This component investigates programs, algorithms, logic, programming methodologies and the impact of computer science on society.

Component 2: Computer Architecture, Data, Communication and Applications

This component investigates computer architecture, communication, data representation, data structures, programs, algorithms and software applications.  There are no optional questions.

Component 3: Programmed Solution to a Problem

Students discuss, investigate, design, prototype, refine and implement, test and evaluate a computerised solution to a problem chosen by the student which must be solved using original code (programming).

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips & Visits

Computer Science A Level students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In the last couple of years, these have included:

  • a trip to Bletchley Park including Colossus, the first programmable digital electronic computer, as well as examples of the Enigma enciphering machine and a reconstruction of the Bombe machine used in code-breaking
  • Oxford taster days in Computer Science
  • Computing Masterclass for students
  • a trip to Croydon Cititech to discuss technology

Students can also benefit from enhancement programmes covering subjects such as ‘Apps for good’.

Progression

Computer Science A Level equips students with the necessary knowledge and skills to be accepted on courses such as Computer Science, Software Engineering and Gaming on university degree courses. It also serves as a good stepping stone to Apprenticeships in Software Development.

Entry Requirements & Assessment

Students wishing to include A Levels in their programme need to have (or expect to achieve) at least five GCSE passes, with at least two at Grade 5 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme.

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirements, either:

  • Grade 6 in Maths and Grade 4 in English, or
  • Grade 5 in Maths and Grade 4 in English plus Grade 6 in Science or Grade 6 in Computer Science

This course will suit students who are:

  • interested in Computers, Design, Engineering, Technology and Electronics
  • good at problem-solving and using logic
  • original, creative, organised, and analytical thinkers

This is a problem-solving subject that requires students to think in a clear and logical way. Most students combine this course with either Mathematics or a Science subject. Students not taking either of these, might consider BTEC Level 3 Computing as an alternative.

A Level – exams are taken at the end of the 2 years

Programming & System Development: a 2 hour 45 minutes written exam

Computer Architecture, Data, Communications and Applications: a 2 hour written exam

Project based on ‘Programme Solutions to a problem’:  a project completed by the student, assisted by teachers.

How To Apply

Applications for entry September 2018. The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy. Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Get in touch

Tel: 01737 551 176
Fax: 01737 551 282
Email: enquiries@coulsdon.ac.uk

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