Computer Science

Computer Science

WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?

At Malton School we follow the new Eduqas A level in Computer Science. This 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.

At Malton School all programming will be taught in Python.

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED?

Ideally students who choose this option will have a good GCSE in Computer Science, however anyone with a solid ability in mathematics and the drive to succeed would also be considered. This course contains a minimum of 10% mathematics as required by the exam regulator for Computer Science qualifications. Students are asked to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding and skills of computational processes and problem-solving in both theoretical and practical ways.

ASSESSMENT

At AS students are assessed via two examinations:

Component 1: Fundamentals of Computer Science (written exam – 70%)
Component 2: Practical Programming to Solve Problems (on-screen exam – 30%)

At A-Level students undertake the following:
Component 1: Programming & System Development (written exam – 40%)
Component 2: Computer Architecture, Data, Communication & Applications (written exam – 40%)
Component 3: Programming Solutions to a Problem (non exam assessment – 20%)

GENERAL COMMENTS

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. For these reasons, computer science is as relevant to a learner studying arts subjects as it is to one studying science subjects.

FUTURE PROSPECTS

This specification provides a suitable foundation for the study of Computer Science or a related area at degree level through a range of higher education courses, progression to the next level of vocational qualifications or employment. In addition, the specification provides a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for learners who do not progress to further study in this subject.