A Level Computer Science

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Computers are widely used in all aspects of business, industry, government, education, leisure and the home. In this increasingly technological age, a study of computer science, and particularly how computers are used in the solution of a variety of problems, is not only valuable to the learners themselves but also essential to the future well-being of the country.

Computer science integrates well with subjects across the curriculum. It demands both logical discipline and imaginative creativity in the selection and design of algorithms and the writing, testing and debugging of programs; it relies on an understanding of the rules of language at a fundamental level; it encourages an awareness of the management and organisation of computer systems; it extends the learners’ horizons beyond the school or college environment in the appreciation of the effects of computer science on society and individuals.

This course encourages learners to develop:

• An understanding of, and the ability to apply, the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation.

• The ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so.

• The capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically

• The capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science

• Mathematical skills

• The ability to articulate the individual (moral), social (ethical), legal and cultural opportunities and risks of digital technology.

This course promotes the integrated study of computer science. It will enable learners to develop a broad range of skills in the areas of programming, system development, computer architecture, data, communication and applications.

The knowledge, understanding and skills are split into 3 components:

• Programming and system development: Written exam

• Computer Architecture, data communication and applications: Written exam

• Programmed solution to a problem: Non-exam assessment project