Computer Science

KS4

Overview

GCSE Computer Science

The course provides students with a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. Students will no doubt be familiar with the use of computers and other related technology from their Computer Science lessons and elsewhere. However, the course will give them an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’. There is an emphasis on computer programming which is challenging, absorbing and highly relevant in today’s society.

Assessment

There is one exam taken at the end of Year 11 that covers all of the computational theory aspects of the course. The exam makes up 80% of the final mark.

There is also a programming element to the course that is assessed as a controlled assessment and this makes up the remaining 20% of the final mark.

KS5

Overview

AQA A Level Computer Science

This course is for students who have an interest in Computer Science because they are thinking of undertaking a career in this field or feel this may enhance their STEM skills and knowledge. If becoming a software creator, as opposed to a user of technology, is of interest to you then this course may be one you choose to study at A level.

Year 12 & 13

Subject Content
  • Fundamentals of programming
  • Fundamentals of data structures
  • Systematic approach to problem solving
  • Theory of computation
  • Fundamentals of data representation
  • Fundamentals of computer systems
  • Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture
  • Consequences of uses of computing
  • Fundamentals of communication and networking