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Computer Studies

Course Details
Dept - ICT & Computing
Type of Qualifcation - AS / A2
Exam Board - AQA

Additional Entry Requirements -
Grade 6 GCSE Computer Science and GCSE Maths

Course Content
Computer Systems will cover the characteristics of contemporary systems architecture and other areas including the following:
• The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
• Software and software development
• Exchanging data
• Data types, data structures and algorithms
• Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues.

Algorithms and Programming will cover computational thinking:
• Elements of computational thinking
• Programming and problem solving
• Pattern recognition, abstraction and decomposition
• Algorithm design and efficiency
• Standard algorithms
Style of Assessment
AS Paper 1 1 hour 45 minutes On-screen assessment 50% of final mark
AS Paper 2 1 hour 30 minutes extended answers examination 50% of final mark

A2 Paper 1 Computer Systems (2.5 hours) 40% of the final mark
A2 Paper 2 Algorithms and Programming (2.5 hours) 40% of the final mark
Non-Examined Assessment 20% of the final mark
Whose kind of course?
The A-level Computer Science is for you if you are interested in developing your skills in Computing after GCSE. It expands on topics from GCSE, going in to more depth (e.g. in Logic Gates we look at more different types of gates and combining more gates together). New material includes looking at State Machines Programming will continue focusing on developing skills in Python, or learning a new language such as C# (a language commonly used by today´s software engineers). New concepts are introduced, such as Object Oriented Programming in both languages.
Career Prospects
The subjects and transferable skills taught in Computer Science directly relate to the world of work and would help you to continue with further studies in both Engineering and Computer Science at university.