A-Level Computer Science

Course Description 

Areas covered within the specification:

  • Fundamentals of programming
  • Fundamentals of data structures
  • Fundamentals of algorithms
  • 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
  • Fundamentals of databases
  • Big Data
  • Fundamentals of functional programming
  • Systematic approach to problem solving
  • Non-exam assessment – the computing practical project

Specification website link:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/computer-science-and-it/as-and-a-level/computer-science-7516-7517

Methods of delivery:

  • A-Level: One on-screen exam
    • 2 hour 30 mins (40%)
  • A-Level: Written exam
    • 2 hour 30 mins (40%)
  • A-Level: Non-exam Assessment
    • 50 hour project (20%)

Homework expectations:

1 hour per week

Areas covered within the specification:

Mandatory Units

  • Unit 1: Fundamentals of IT – 90 GLH (External Exam)
  • Unit 2: Global Information – 90 GLH (External Exam)
  • Unit 3: Cyber Security – 60 GLH (External Exam)
  • Unit 4: Computer networks- 60 GLH (Coursework)
  • Unit 5: Virtual and augmented reality- 60 GLH (Coursework)
  • Unit 24: Enterprise computing – 60 GLH (Coursework)
  • Unit 25: Cloud technology – 90 GLH (External Exam)

 

Optional Units:

  • Unit 8: Project Management – 60 GLH (Coursework)
  • Unit 9: Product Development – 60 GLH (Coursework)
  • Unit 12: Mobile technology– 60 GLH (Coursework)
  • Unit 13: Social media and digital marketing – 60 GLH (Coursework)
  • Unit 16: Developing a Smarter Planet– 60 GLH (Coursework)
  • Unit 17: Internet of Everything– 60 GLH (Coursework)
  • Unit 18: Computer systems – hardware– 60 GLH (Coursework)
  • Unit 19: Computer systems – software– 60 GLH (Coursework)
  • Unit 21: IT technical support– 60 GLH (Coursework)
  • Unit 22: Cognitive computing– 30 GLH (Coursework)

Specification website link:

https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-technicals/it-2016-suite/#level-3

Methods of delivery:

  • 17 units of which 7 are mandatory.
  • 4 units are external exams and 13 are coursework units, internally assessed and externally verified.

Homework expectations:

1 hour per week

Areas covered within the specification:

Mandatory Units

  • Unit 1: Media products and audiences – 90 GLH (External Exam)
  • Unit 2: Pre-production and planning– 90 GLH (External Exam)
  • Unit 3: Create a media product– 60 GLH (Coursework)

Optional Units:

  • Unit 16: The creation and use of sound in media– 60 GLH (Coursework)
  • Unit 20: Advertising media– 60 GLH (Coursework)

 

Specification website link:

https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-technicals/digital-media-2016-suite/#level-3

Methods of delivery:

5 units of which 3 are mandatory.

2 units are external exams and 3 are coursework units, internally assessed and externally verified.

Homework expectations:

1 hour per week