The AQA specification puts computational thinking at its core, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence.
The key features of the course are:
- emphasis on problem solving using computers
- emphasis on computer programming and algorithms
- emphasis on the mathematical skills used to express computational laws and processes e.g. Boolean algebra / logic and algorithm comparison
Emphasis on algorithms and programming Externally marked paper 40%
Emphasis on computer systems Externally marked paper 40%
Non-exam assessment Internally assessed 20%
Overall Entry Requirements:
6 GCSE's at grade 4 or above including an English and Maths.
Course Specific Entry Requirements:
There is a much greater emphasis on maths and problem solving for this new specification and students must have at least a grade 6 in Maths or a 6 in Computer Science (If studied) at GCSE.
Students should be aware that there is a clear pathway from GCSE computer science to A level and having gained a GCSE in the subject is an advantage but not necessary.