Examination Board: AQA
Course Leader: Mr J Partrick
Contact Email: email@example.com
What Will I Study?
The AQA specification includes 23 content sections, taught over two years, with three assessment tasks in the close of the second year.
The AQA subject content:
1 Fundamentals of programming
2 Fundamentals of data structures
3 Systematic approach to problem solving
4 Theory of computation
5 Fundamentals of data representation
6 Fundamentals of computer systems
7 Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture
8 Consequences of uses of computing
9 Fundamentals of communication and networking
10 Fundamentals of programming
11 Fundamentals of data structures
12 Fundamentals of algorithms
13 Theory of computation
14 Fundamentals of data representation
15 Fundamentals of computer systems
16 Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture
17 Consequences of uses of computing
18 Fundamentals of communication and networking
19 Fundamentals of databases
20 Big Data
21 Fundamentals of functional programming
22 Systematic approach to problem solving
23 Non-exam assessment - the computing practical project
Students require five GCSEs at 9-5 including English, Maths and Science, with GCSE Computer Science ideally Grade 5 or above or a BTEC DIT at grade L2M or above.
Assessment (In Year 13)
Paper 1 On screen Exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
This paper tests a student's ability to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of Computer Science from subject content 1-4, 10-13 above and the skills required from section 22 above.
40% of A-level
Paper 2 Written Exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
This paper tests a student's ability to answer questions from subject content 5-9, 14-21 above.
40% of A-level
The non-exam assessment assesses students’ ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve or investigate a practical problem. Students will be expected to follow a systematic approach to problem solving, as shown in section 22 above.
75 marks, 20% of A-Level.
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