Computing A-Level at Tavistock Community College
The specification for this course is still in the draft stage and so has not been finalised yet. The new qualifications at AS and A Level will focus on programming and emphasises the importance of computational thinking as a discipline. At AS Level: There are 2 components each weighted at 50% and assessed externally. The AS Level is a stand -alone course and unit scores cannot be carried over to the A Level course. The components are: 01 Computing Principles (Operating Systems; Introduction to programming; Data types, structures and algorithms; Exchanging data and web technologies; Using Boolean algebra; Legial and Ethical issues) 02 Algorithms & Problem Solving (Elements of Computational Thinking; Programming Techniques; Software Development Methodologies; Standard Algorithms) At A2 Level: There are 3 components, 2 written papers making up 80% of the qualification and a coursework task providing the final 20%. At A Level all assessments are carried out at the end of the two years. The components are: 01 Computer Systems (Software and it’s development; Type sof programing language; Data types, representation and structure; Exchanging data and web technologies; Following algorithms; Using Boolean Algebra; Legal, moral and ethical issues) 02 Algorithms & programming (Elements of Computational Thinking; Programming & problem solving; Pattern recognition, abstraction and decomposition; Algorithm design and efficiency; Standard algorithms) 03 Programming project – A user driven programming solution for a third party involving problem analysis, design of the solution, implementation, testing and evaluation of the final product
5 A* - C grades including a B grade in Computing GCSE or Maths and Science GCSE.
At AS: 2 written papers (50% each) At A2: 2 written papers (40% each) coursework (20%)
This specification is excellent preparation for those students intending to pursue computing studies at degree level, or for anyone considering any kind of career in computing.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tavistock Community College directly.