Exam Board AQA                               COMPUTER SCIENCE
Description Linear course


Develop skills in:

  • Computational Thinking – the kind of reasoning used by both humans and machines; what can be computed, programming and problem-solving including communication and networking
  • The fundamental principles of the subject, focusing on programming through a problem-solving scenario
  • The hardware and software aspects of Computing and the social and economic consequences of Computing
Course 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

Enrichment opportunities British Informatics Olympiad

Programming in different languages and environments

Networking computers

Discussions of real life uses of Computing

Assessment Paper 1 – tests a student’s ability to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of Computer Science from subject 1-4 above and the skills required from section 13 above.

Questions – Students answer a series of short questions and write/adapt/extend programs in an Electronic Answer Document

Assessed – On-screen exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

40% of A-level

Paper 2 – tests a student’s ability to answer questions from subject content 5-12 above.

Questions – Compulsory short-answer and extended-answer questions.

Assessed – Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

40% of A-level

Non-Exam Assessment

Assesses student’s ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve or investigate a practical problem. Students will be expected to follow a systematic approach to problem solving, as shown in section 13 above. 

Assessed – 75 marks

20% of A-level

Students are assessed in school via modular tests, end of unit test and continued practical assessment.