Computer Science

Key Stage

5

Qualification

A-Level

Board

AQA

Single Award

Valid for

2018 - 2020

Contact

Mr

R

Richardson

Faculty

Business & ICT

Course Content & Assessment

We have a staff comprising of thirteen teachers, three technicians and a teaching assistant. Amongst the team there are specialist teachers in the three traditional Sciences; Biology, Chemistry and Physics and teachers with experience of various aspects of Applied Science. This is reflected in the courses offered at GCSE and Post 16.The broad spectrum of staff specialisms coupled with a high level of ICT skills have led to a Science curriculum that encompasses a range of learning styles and encourages students to develop skills that encourage them to examine the world around them.

Computer Science is forever advancing as everyone uses computers and technology systems increasingly, impacting our working lives and leisure time. Computer Scientists discover innovative ways of providing technological solutions to wide ranging problems and bringing them into reality.

Join them to discover how to program using industry standard agreed methods used in commercial languages found in engineering, manufacturing, banking, retail and others. Discover how today’s internet traffic is used to capture and analyse big data about business and the world we live in.

AS-Level
Paper 1
This paper tests a student's ability to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of computer science from subject content 1–4 above.
Assessed
• On-screen exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
• 50% of AS
Questions
Students answer a series of short questions and write/adapt/extend programs in an electronic answer document provided by us.
We will issue preliminary material, a skeleton program (available in each of the programming languages) and, where appropriate, test data, for use in the exam.

Paper 2
This paper tests a student's ability to answer questions from subject content 5–9 above.
Assessed
• Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
• 50% of AS
Questions
A series of short-answer and extended-answer questions.

A-Level
Paper 1
This paper tests a student's ability to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of computer science from subject content 10–13 above and the skills required from section 22 above.
Assessed
• On-screen exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
• 40% of A-level
Questions
Students answer a series of short questions and write/ adapt/extend programs in an electronic answer document provided by us.
We will issue preliminary material, a skeleton program (available in each of the programming languages) and, where appropriate, test data, for use in the exam.

Paper 2
This paper tests a student's ability to answer questions from subject content 14–21 above.
Assessed
• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
• 40% of A-level
Questions
Compulsory short-answer and extended-answer questions.

NEA Non-Exam Assesment
The non-exam assessment assesses student's ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve or investigate a practical problem. Students will be expected to follow
a systematic approach to problem solving, as shown in section 22 above.
Assessed
• 75 marks
• 20% of A-level

Entry Criteria & Progression

Route A: GCSE Grade 6 in Computing
Route B: GCSE Grade 6 in English Language

A background in Computer Science can allow you to specialise in Computing and IT or branch out into other spheres normally associated with mathematical and scientific qualifications. Within IT, employers urgently need skills such as programming, network management, database administration, web design, hardware engineering. Higher education opportunities would include Computer Science or IT-related degree courses.

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Dorset

BH21 4DT

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Email: office@queenelizabeths.com

Headteacher: Mrs Katie Boyes

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