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Computing - AS / A level at King Edward VI CEVC Upper School

Course description

This course will appeal to students who:

  • intend to pursue Computing Studies at degree level, or are considering a career in computing.
  • You will be the sort of student who thinks logically and enjoys solving problems. You will also be inquisitive and not afraid to learn by making mistakes.

Entry requirements

Mathematics and Science GCSE grade B

Assessment

AS Level

Module 1 – Computing Principles (50% of the award - written exam 1.25 hours)

This component will introduce learners to the internal workings of the Central Processing Unit (CPU), the exchange of data and will also look at software development, data types and legal and ethical issues. It is expected that learners will draw on this underpinning content when studying computational thinking and developing programming techniques.

Module 2 – Algorithms and problem Solving (50% of the award - written exam 1.25 hours) This component will incorporate and build on the knowledge and understanding gained in the Computer systems. You will gain an understanding of the meaning and concept of computational thinking and understand the benefits of applying computational thinking to solving a wide variety of problems. The module will teach you how to be able to analyse a problem by identifying its component parts and use algorithms to describe those parts.

A Level

Module 1 – Computer Systems (40% of the award - written exam 2.5 hours) This component will introduce learners to the internal workings of the Central Processing Unit (CPU), the exchanging of data and also looks at software development, data types and legal and ethical issues. It is expected that learners will draw on this underpinning content when studying computational thinking, developing programming techniques and devising their own programming approach in the Programming project.

Module 2 – Algorithms and Programming (40% of the award - written exam 2.5 hours) This component will incorporate and build on the knowledge and understanding gained in the Computer systems. You will gain an understanding of the meaning and concept of computational thinking and understand the benefits of applying computational thinking to solving a wide variety of problems. The module will teach you how to be able to analyse a problem by identifying its component parts and use algorithms to describe those parts.

Module 3 – Programming Project (20% of the award - coursework based) In this task you will produce a substantial piece of work requiring analysis and design over an extended period of time. This unit will allow you to demonstrate the high-level skills you have developed to resolve a real user-driven problem. Through the coursework you will gain software solutions and install them into the working environment.

Future opportunities

In today’s workplace those with knowledge and skills in computing have the opportunity to pursue new and exciting careers and to be instrumental in the conception of computer systems that increasingly shape work and leisure activities.

Students who study AS or A Level Computing will use their skills and knowledge in one of two ways. They may choose to continue to develop their understanding of computing through entry to higher education where this qualification will provide a useful foundation for further study of computing or more specialist areas of computing or programming.

Alternatively this course will provide students with necessary skills to seek employment in areas that use computing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI CEVC Upper School directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2016
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