Qualification: A Level
Assessment: Exam Based
Exam Board: OCR
Computer Science will give students an in-depth understanding of the fundamental concepts of computer science. There is a strong focus on programming, problem solving and computational thinking, as well as a broad grounding in the technology of computer systems.
The main areas of study will be:
- Computational thinking and problem solving through logic, analysis, critical reflection and creativity
- Learning and applying programming methods to create working programs in the Python programming language
- Understanding the design and functioning of computer hardware and software systems
- Data representation, database development, and data structures
- Mathematics including binary number systems
- Economic, ethical and cultural issues relating to computer science
Minimum College Entry Requirements (5 A*-C or equivalent) including English Language 5 and Maths 5
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This subject provides a good foundation for Computer Science and other technology-focused courses at degree level. It also provides a good supporting subject for students who are expecting to go on to specialise in science, maths and business-oriented subjects. Computer Science is an important component of many career paths, as a sound understanding of computer technology is a significant aspect of many modern professions.
Study is divided between three modules:Programming theory (exam based) 40%
Computer Architecture and applications (exam based) 40%
Programming project (coursework) 20%. Assessment will take place at the end of the two years of study.
What are your qualifications? I have a 2:1 in Philosophy from Warwick University, and a post-16 teaching qualification
Teaching experience? I have been teaching A Level since the 1980s but I have done a lot of other things so in actual terms of years it is probably about six years spread over three decades.
What other relevant experience/qualifications do you have?
I have been teaching A Level since the 1980s but I have done a lot of other things so in actual terms of years it is probably about six years spread over three decades.
I am the author of a range of computing books. I currently write for the Oxford University Press (OUP). My most recent book is OUP International Primary Computing
I am currently writing a text book for iGCSE Computer Science (Cambridge Board). I am also writing a revision guide and a teacher guide.
I am also writing part of a Key Stage 3 Computing for schools. I am writing chapters on programming in App Inventor and Python. I was an educational technology policy advisor to the UK Government from 2000-2011.
What are your hobbies/interests? I am a poet, and member of Coventry Live Poets.