St Augustine's Catholic College

A Level Computer Science

“The rise of Google, the rise of Facebook, the rise of Apple, I think are proof that there is a place for computer science as something that solves problems that people face every day”

— Eric Smidt

Why choose Computer Science A Level?

In Computer Science we focus on programming, building on our GCSE Computer science and emphasise the importance of computational thinking as a discipline.

It is relevant to the modern changing world of computing and is an excellent choice for anyone wishing to study Computer Science at university or if you wish to work in the IT industry

The course consists of two Exam units and a programming project.

Unit 01 Computing Principles 40% - Exam

Characteristics of contemporary systems architecture. Exchanging data: Databases, networks and web technologies Data types, representation and structures: Using Boolean algebra Legal, moral, ethical, cultural issues and computing-related laws

Unit 02 Algorithms and Problem Solving 40% - Exam

Understanding computational thinking Problem solving and programming techniques Software development methodologies Algorithms: Analysis and design

Unit A03 Programming Project 20% - Coursework

The learner will choose a computing problem to work through according to the guidance in the specification. The solution will include Analysis of the problem