AS/A Level Computer Science
Teaching: Sep 2015
The Eduqas A level in Computer Science encourages learners to develop:
• an understanding of, and the ability to apply, the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation
• the ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so
• the capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
• the capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science
• the ability to articulate the individual (moral), social (ethical), legal and cultural opportunities and risks of digital technology.
Computers are widely used in all aspects of business, industry, government, education, leisure and the home. In this increasingly technological age, a study of computer science, and particularly how computers are used in the solution of a variety of problems, is not only valuable to the learners themselves but also essential to the future well-being of the country. Computer science integrates well with subjects across the curriculum. It demands both logical discipline and imaginative creativity in the selection and design of algorithms and the writing, testing and debugging of programs; it relies on an understanding of the rules of language at a fundamental level; it encourages an awareness of the management and organisation of computer systems; it extends the learners’ horizons beyond the school or college environment in the appreciation of the effects of computer science on society and individuals. For these reasons, computer science is as relevant to a learner studying arts subjects as it is to one studying science subjects.
The Eduqas A level in Computer Science has been designed to give an indepth understanding of the fundamental concepts of computer science and a broad scope of study opportunities. This specification has been designed to free centres to concentrate on innovative delivery of the course by having a streamlined, uncomplicated, future-proof structure, with realistic technological requirements.
There are no prior learning requirements. Any requirements set for entry to a course following this specification are at the discretion of centres. It is reasonable to assume that many learners will have achieved qualifications equivalent to Level 2 at KS4. Skills in Numeracy/Mathematics, Literacy/English and Information Communication Technology will provide a good basis for progression to this Level 3 qualification. Some learners will have already gained knowledge, understanding and skills through their study of Computer Science at GCSE
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WJEC/EDUQAS NON-ENDORSED TITLES
|A/AS Level Computer Science for WJEC/Eduqas Student Book||9781108412728||Mark Thomas, Alistair Surrall, Adam Hamflett|
|A/AS Level Computer Science for WJEC/Eduqas Cambridge Elevate Enhanced Edition (2 Years)||9781108412797||Mark Thomas, Alistair Surrall, Adam Hamflett|
|A/AS Level Computer Science for WJEC/Eduqas Student Book with Cambridge Elevate Enhanced Edition (2 Years)||9781108412766||Mark Thomas, Alistair Surrall, Adam Hamflett|
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