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Park Hall Academy

Water Orton Road, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham. B36 9HF

Telephone:0121 748 0400

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Computer Science

Computer Science A Level

What is Computer Science?

Computer Science is a discipline which requires thinking both in abstract and in concrete terms. On a higher level, computer science is concerned with problem solving: modelling and analysing problems, designing solutions, and implementing them. Problem solving requires precision, creativity, and careful reasoning.

In AS and A level Computer Science, students learn the principles of computation and algorithms, computer programming, machine data representation, computer systems (hardware and software), computer organisation and architecture, communications and networking, databases and the consequences of using computing.

Exam Board: OCR

Course summary

Paper 1 COMPUTING PRINCIPLES

The characteristics of contemporary processors, input,

output and storage devices

Software and software development

Programming

Exchanging data

Data types, data structures and algorithms

Legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues.

Paper 2 ALGORITHMS AND

PROBLEM SOLVING

Elements of computational thinking

Problem solving and programming

Algorithms.

Paper 3 PROGRAMMING PROJECT

Solving a complex user-driven problem.
Analyse the problem, design a solution, implement the solution and give a thorough evaluation.

 

What will I study?

The course will focus on:

  • analysing user requirements, design and implementation of solutions
  • gaining an in-depth knowledge of computing and related topics
  • developing knowledge of programming theory
  • building practical skills in developing software programs
  • using the Visual Basic .NET programming environment

What will I be able to progress to?

  • This subject is ideal if you intend to go on to study Computer Science, Software Engineering or newer courses such as Gaming or Genetic Engineering at degree level.

There are many related courses where knowledge of programming is an advantage. Computer Science is viewed as a difficult subject, in the same way as Mathematics and Science A-levelsThis page is currently awaiting content

Where can I find out more information?

Mr Bellingham , Mr Sanghera: jbellingham@parkhall.org

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