A Level Computer Science

TEACHER  POSITION HELD
Mrs E Nwokolo Head of Department
Mr B Meads Head of Department (Maternity Cover)
Mrs C Malik Teacher and Assistant Principal
Ms X Thompson Teacher 
Miss K Yong Teacher

In studying Computing we begin to understand the technologies, theory and protocols behind computers and the Internet. Through this students will understand what is behind radical changes in the modern world made through increasingly powerful and available computational power.

 

Digital systems have become a critical component of our entire society; there is a significant shortfall between estimated numbers of graduates with Computer Science knowledge and jobs requiring this understanding.

 

Topics assessed through exam are list below:

  • Fundamentals of programming 
  • Fundamentals of data structures
  • Fundamentals of algorithms 
  • Theory of computation
  • Fundamentals of data representation
  • Fundamentals of computer systems
  • Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture
  • Consequences of uses of computing - Individual (moral), social (ethical), legal and cultural issues and Opportunities
  • Fundamentals of communication and networking
  • Fundamentals of databases
  • Big Data
  • Fundamentals of functional programming
  • Systematic approach to problem solving

There is also a practical project through which you will develop practical skills in the context of solving a realistic problem or carrying out an investigation.

 

Studying Computing teaches a set of rigorous techniques and methods which can be applied outside of the field of computing including; approaching problem solving using modelling, decomposing into solvable parts and generalising to known solutions. With its emphasis on abstract thinking, algorithmic and mathematical reasoning, Computing is a good foundation for further study

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The Computing Team (2018)