Computing Science

Computing Science

A Level

3rd Sep `22

2 Years

Full-time

Attleborough Academy Norfolk

Attleborough Academy  Attleborough Academy is an inclusive, friendly and effective learning community with high aspirations and a reputation for innovation.

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Attleborough Academy 

Attleborough Academy is an inclusive, friendly and effective learning community with high aspirations and a reputation for innovation. Excellent relationships between students and staff are at the heart of the ethos of the Academy and are often commented on by those who come in to visit.

The Sixth Form offers a wide range of Advanced Level courses together with additional entitlement activities. We presently have approximately 120 students and this should rise to over 180 over the next couple of years as we are receiving record numbers of applications year on year.

Attleborough Academy was the first Secondary School in East Anglia to be awarded the prestigious Challenge Award for their educational provision for the most able. 

Attleborough students have the chance to develop a wide range of interests:  we run a number of overseas visits each year (including a Ski Trip, and European tours to Italy, Austria, Germany and beyond); in Year 13 students have the opporunity to be elected to the Presidents Team who represent and help to develop the Sixth Form; the Youth STEM Award is being introduced at Gold Level for those who wish to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths; the Duke of Edinburgh Award is offered via our link with the Norfolk D of E group; and much more besides.

Facilities at this Provider:

With significant investment in Facilities having been made over the past few years and additional investment planned, Sixth Formers now enjoy a facility with four separate rooms with upgraded computers and larger screens to enable them to complete private study. With a new Sixth Form building to be developed in the 2020-21 academic year.

A dedicated Progress Mentor is on hand to support students with study and revision skills, as well as offering careers and applications guidance. 

Students are provided with both Office 365 and Google accounts, which enables them to work in the cloud, and install the Office suite of applications at home for free, on up to five computers or laptops.

For students studying Media, Photography, Drama or Product Design, recent investments in new camera equipment give students access to photographic equipment rarely seen on this scale in an education environment. In Computing; the lab gives students an environment to code, test and develop their own solutions to computing problems.

Type of Provider: School with Sixth Form

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Course details

The department teaches the AQA specification. This course is not about learning to use tools or just training in a programming language. Instead the emphasis is on computational thinking. Computational thinking is a kind of reasoning used by both humans and machines. Thinking computationally means using abstraction and decomposition. The study of computation is about what can be computed and how to compute it. Computer Science involves questions that have the potential to change how we view the world. For example, we may be computing with DNA at some stage in the future, with computer circuits made of genes.

Advances in Computing are transforming the way we work and this Computer Science course focuses on the knowledge, understanding and skills students need to progress to higher education or thrive in the workplace.

A Level Subject content: (Year 1 units in Bold)

  • 1 Fundamentals of programming                                                            
  • 2 Fundamentals of data structures
  • 3 Fundamentals of algorithms (AS - Software Development)
  • 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 databases
  • 11 Big Data
  • 12 Fundamentals of functional programming
  • 13 Systematic approach to problem solving
  • 14 Non-exam assessment - the computing practical project

Assessment
Paper 1 : On-screen exam : 2 hours 30 minutes : 40% of A-level

Short questions and write/adapt/extend programs in an Electronic Answer Document provided. This assesses the ability to program, as well as theoretical knowledge of Computer Science from subject content 1-4 above and the skills required from section 13 above.
 
Paper 2 : Written exam : 2 hours 30 minutes : 40% of A-level
Compulsory short-answer and extended-answer questions.  This assesses an ability to answer questions from subject content 5-12 above.
 
Non-exam assessment : 75 marks : 20% of A-level
This non-exam assessment assesses an ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve or investigate a practical problem. You will be expected to follow a systematic approach to problem solving, as covered in section 13 above


Venues

Attleborough Academy, 9 Norwich Road, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 2AJ

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Qualification: A Level
Exam Board: AQA
Progression:

Please note: There is a clear distinction between GCE ICT and GCE Computer Science.

This course is designed for students who wish to go on to higher education courses or employment where knowledge of Computing would be beneficial. One can study Computing and go on to a career in Medicine, Law, Business, Politics or any type of Science.


Admission details

Age: 16-19

Entry Requirements for this Course:

GCSE Mathematics 5  |  ICT or Computer Science qualification 5 (or equivalent)

Progression into the second year of the course is reliant on students achieving a minimum D grade in the End of Year 1 Exam.

Contact:

  • Andy Cole (Head of Sixth Form)
  • Attleborough Academy Norfolk
  • 01953452335