Why Study A Level Computer Science?
‘Whether you want to uncover the secrets of the universe, or you want to pursue a career in the 21st century, basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn.’ Stephen Hawking.
How we use computers and computer programs has utterly defined the world we live in today and it is computer scientists who connect the abstract with reality, creating the products we use daily. With its foundations in maths, computer science spans hardware and software engineering, the user interface, and computer technology’s expansion into new areas. A Level Computer Science encourages learners to meet the needs of Higher Education courses in computer science as well as those of 21st century digital employers. It encourages learners to think creatively, through applying practical programming solutions, demonstrating that they are effective users of technology. They will also be able to appreciate the ethical issues that arise with current and emerging computing technologies.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW TO ENROL?
It is not essential for students wishing to enrol on this course to have studied Computer Science at IGCSE/GCSE Level, although it is desirable that students have some previous experience of programming. If IGCSE/GCSE Computer Science has been taken, a minimum of Grade C or 5 is expected. However, problem solving ability is essential for this course, so we do require students to have Grade B or 6 in Maths at IGCSE/GCSE Level prior to embarking on the course. Wolsey Hall offers the relevant IGCSE courses should you need further prior study. All students undertaking Wolsey Hall A Levels must also have an IGCSE/GCSE in English Language at Grade C or 4.
Exam And Syllabus Information
This A Level Computer Science course prepares you for the Cambridge AS and A Level syllabus 9681.
The full Advanced Level qualification comprises AS and A Level.
For the AS Level in Computer Science you will sit two papers:
Paper 1: Theory Fundamentals worth 50% of your AS grade and 25% of your overall A Level grade. (1 hour 30 minutes)
Paper 2: Fundamental Problem-solving and Programming Skills worth 50% of your AS grade and 25% of your overall A Level grade. (2 hours)
For the full A Level in Computer Science you will sit two additional papers:
Paper 3: Advanced Theory worth 25% of your overall A Level grade. (1 hour 30 minutes)
Paper 4: Practical worth 25% of your overall A Level grade. (2 hours and 30 minutes)
There are Cambridge exam centres in over 150 countries. We can provide details of the most convenient.