AS level – Computer Science – AQA



AS level Computer Science – AQA

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Teaching from: September 2015
Exams from: June 2016 (AS), June 2017 (A-level)
QAN code: AS: 601/4699/0, A-level: 601/4569/9

The AQA AS Level Computer Science specification is designed to give students a thorough grounding in the fundamental aspects of computer science. Here’s a brief overview of the subject content for the AS level:

Fundamentals of Programming

This area covers the basics of creating software, including understanding programming languages and developing coding skills.

Fundamentals of Data Structures

Students learn about different ways to organise, manage, and store data within a program.

Systematic Approach to Problem Solving

This topic focuses on techniques for analysing problems and devising solutions using computational methods.

Theory of Computation

This section explores the fundamental concepts of how computation is defined and what problems can be solved with algorithms.

Fundamentals of Data Representation

Students will understand how data is represented and manipulated at the lowest levels in computer systems.

Fundamentals of Computer Systems

This covers the basic components and functions of computer systems.

Fundamentals of Computer Organisation and Architecture

This area studies the internal structure and operation of computer hardware.

Consequences of Uses of Computing

Examining the social, legal, ethical, and environmental impacts of computing in society.

Fundamentals of Communication and Networking

This topic covers the principles of how computers communicate with each other and form networks.

For the most current and detailed information, it’s recommended to refer to the official AQA website where you can find the full specification, past papers, mark schemes, and additional resources to aid in teaching and learning.



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