Computer Science A Level


“Inspiring Confident and Creative Users of 21st Century Digital Technology”

Overview

The ICT Department at Heartlands Academy offers a wide range of courses across the whole age range. We aim to make all students computer literate and to do this we provide a curriculum which is challenging, progressive and relevant.

Our high-quality computing education equips our students with computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. By continually building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that our pupils become digitally literate at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.


Key Staff

Mr Ahsan
Computing Co-ordinator

Mr Miah
ICT Co-ordinator

Miss Nawaz
ECDL Co-ordinator


Curriculum

The AS and A Level Computer Science course delivered at Heartlands Academy Sixth Form gives a general grounding in computing, including an understanding of computer systems, the principles of programming, and the solving of problems. The course will above all else be relevant to the modern and changing world of computing. It will:

  • Focus on programming, building on the GCSE Computing course with the emphasis on the importance of computational thinking as a discipline.
  • Have an expanded maths focus, much of which will be embedded within the course.
  • Put computational thinking at its core, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence.
  • Allow student to apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems in an exciting and engaging manner. Give students a clear progression into higher education, as the course was designed after consultation with members of BCS, CAS and top universities.

AS Level Subject Content:

  1. Fundamentals of Programming
  2. Fundamentals of Data Structures
  3. Fundamentals of Algorithms
  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

A Level Subject Content:

  1. Fundamentals of Programming
  2. Fundamentals of Data Structures
  3. Fundamentals of Algorithms
  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

Further Information

A Level specification


For further information regarding studying A Level Computer Science at Heartlands Academy, please contact: Mr Farooq