Why study Computer Science?
The study of Computer Science is about developing an approach to problem solving that involves developing IT systems using your own programs.
It’s mainly about developing and using your own programming skills. Along side the programming you will look at how and why a computer works, what peripherals are available and how these communicate with each other.
The system lifecycle involves analysis, design, development/prototyping and evaluating computer systems. As you’re aware computing is constantly evolving with new technologies being developed and new uses for those technologies being developed almost daily
so you will be required to keep up to date with current IT industry developments and you’ll be expected to read, watch and explain the IT news.
The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
Software and software development
Data types, data structures and algorithms
Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues
Elements of computational thinking
Problem solving and programming
Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms The learner will choose a computing problem to work through according to the guidance in the specification.
Analysis of the problem
Design of the solution
Developing the solution
Computer systems (01) 140 marks 2 hours and 30 minutes written paper 40% of total A level
Algorithms and programming (02*) 140 marks 2 hours and 30 minutes written paper 40% of total A level
Programming project (03* or 04**) 70 marks Non-exam assessment 20% of total A level