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Computing at Sprowston Community High School

Course description

Computing starts with the process of computational thinking. This means the analysis of a given problem and breaking it down into logical steps. From these component parts, you will learn about building algorithms, and using pseudocode, which in turn, you will use to create programs. We will be using Python and VB.Net programming languages.

You will need the ability to learn independently, as you will need to gain competence in programming in order to pass the exam. This is a very intensive hands-on course where you will also learn the theory and structure of how computers and the internet actually work. The second strand of the course focuses on abstraction, logic and computational systems. You’ll also learn about networking, legislation and will consider the social consequences of computing. In addition at A2, you will study operating system development, software engineering and database design. You will also take on the Major Project in which you will analyse, design, build and test your own computing system.

COURSE DETAILS

AS LEVEL 100% Examination This includes an on-line examination where you will be expected to demonstrate your programming skills.

A2 LEVEL 60% Examination 40% The Major Project

Entry requirements

To study A Level courses you will need to have achieved at least 5 GCSE Grades A*-C in full courses including either English or Maths. B grade or higher in GCSE Mathematics. Experience of programming would be advantageous.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sprowston Community High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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