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Computer Science

  • Awarding Body: AQA
  • Specification No: 7517
  • Level: A Level

What will I learn?

A-Level Computer Science will see you study the technical aspects of hardware and networking, alongside concepts of programming. More specifically:

Year 1:

  • Fundamentals of programming
  • Systematic approaches to problem solving
  • Fundamentals of data structures
  • Theory of computation
  • Computer Science theory
  • Data representation
  • Computer organisation and architecture
  • Communication and networking
  • Fundamentals of computer systems

Year 2 - In addition to the Year 1 content:

  • Programming using advanced data structures
  • Advanced algorithms
  • Regular languages
  • Internet technologies
  • Computer Science theory
  • Fundamentals of databases
  • OOP and functional approaches

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1 - this paper tests a student's ability to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of Computer Science. This is an on-screen 2 hours and 30 minute exam and is worth 40% of your A Level

Paper 2 – this paper tests the student’s theoretical knowledge. It is a written paper 2 hours and 30 minutes in duration and is worth 40% of you’re A Level.

Non-exam assessment:  the non-exam assessment assesses student's ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve or investigate a practical problem.

What can I do after I’ve done the course?

A vast array of jobs exists within the field of Computer Science including Analyst, Programmer and Developer roles. There are opportunities within many sectors such as telecommunications, aerospace and defence, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, public and third sectors. This course enables progression into higher education in a wide range of degree areas such as computing, engineering and mathematics. Equally, the course supports direct entry into the computing industry e.g. apprenticeships in Digital Cyber Security. A Degree Apprenticeship in Software Engineering (where you earn a salary and have your university fees paid) is another possible progression route from this course.

Where can I see further details?

The website URL for this course is below:

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