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Computer Science – A Level

Overview:

Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It’s an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, and can look at the natural world through a digital prism.

The aims of this qualification are to enable learners to develop:

An understanding and 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 to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • The capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science
  • Mathematical skills.

 

Year 1 and 2 units:

1. Unit name:             Unit 1 – Component 1
Unit Title:                   Computing principles
Exam Type:                Written paper – 1 hour and 15 minutes
Marks:                        140 marks 40% of A level

2. Unit name:             Unit 2 – Component 2
Unit Title:                   Algorithms and problem solving
Exam Type:                Written paper – 1 hour and 15 minutes
Marks:
                        140 marks 40% of A level

3. Unit name:             Unit 3* or 4** – Component 3 or 4
Unit Title:                   Programming project
Exam Type:                Written paper – 1 hour and 15 minutes
Marks:
                        70 marks 20% of A level

* Indicates synoptic assessment

** Learners who are re-taking the qualification may carry forward their mark for the non exam assessment component (04).

IT Practitioners – BTEC

Overview:

BTEC Level 3 is a triple award course consisting of a combination of Foundation Diploma in Computing (510 guided learning hours) and Foundation Diploma in Information Technology (510 guided learning hours), spread over two years. The full course is equivalent to 3 A-levels.

Year 12

BTEC Nationals Level 3 Foundation Diploma in IT (510GLH)

Total Units- 6 :   Mandatory Units – 4   Optional Units –2
Mandatory Units
Information Technology Systems (120 GLH). Written Exam-Set and marked externally by Pearson
Creating Systems to Manage Information (90GLH).  Task/Project set by Pearson
Using Social Media in Business (90 GLH). Assignment-Set and marked internally
Programming (90 GLH). ). Assignment-Set and marked internally.
Optional Units
Data Modelling (90 GLH). Assignment-Set and marked internally
Website Development (90 GLH).  Assignment-Set and marked internally.

  

Year 13

BTEC Nationals Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Computing (510GLH)

Total Units- 6 :   Mandatory Units – 4   Optional Units –2
Mandatory Units
Principals of Computer Science (120 GLH). Written Exam-Set and marked externally by Pearson
Fundamentals of Computer Science (90GLH).  Written Exam-Set and marked externally by Pearson
IT Systems Security and Encryption (90 GLH). Assignment-Set and marked internally
Business Applications of Social Media (90 GLH). ). Assignment-Set and marked internally.
Optional Units
Human-Computer Interaction (90 GLH). Assignment-Set and marked internally
System Analysis and Design (90 GLH). Assignment-Set and marked internally