The Perse School

Computer Science

For September 2018, The Perse is launching Computer Science A Level as our next step in supporting the new reformed Computer Science qualifications. This page will be updated shortly with full details but the AQA course outline that we will follow is outlined below. Please note that IGCSE or GCSE Computer Science is a pre-requisite for this course.

Exam Board: AQA
Course Specification: AQA 7517 Computer Science

We follow the AQA exam syllabus which has modern content with both breadth and depth, covering all key areas of the field.

Course content
The course has the following content areas:

  • 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
  • Fundamentals of communication and networking
  • Fundamentals of databases
  • Big Data
  • Fundamentals of functional programming
  • Systematic approach to problem solving

In addition there is a practical programming project.

There are two papers of two and a half hours each at the end of your second year of A-Level, and one piece of programming coursework. Each paper is worth 40% of the final mark, with the programming project worth the remaining 20%.

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