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New A-Level Specification for computing (UK)

You can find the specification here

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/302105/A_level_computer_science_subject_content.pdf

The first thing you will notice is that it is now called Computer Science not computing (as defined in the National Curriculum).

In general its good but I think they could have put much more explicit rigour into the course lets see what the exam boards can do to add to this now….  Areas in the specification for Computer Science worthy of particular note

  • Strong SMSC links including esafety (AT LAST!!!!)
  • Good progression linked to fundamental principles and concepts  (abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms)
  • Creative, innovative elements in the spec

Explicit mathematical links

Other areas for debate now may include the vocational subjects courses  to complement to Ebacc such as ICT and other computing qualifications.

 

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Educational technology learning and teaching consultant, support, training, change management, innovation and all things ICT and educational, father of two, guitarist, welsh rugby follower,

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