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Computing at The New Sixth Bath

Course description

This course has been designed to provide candidates with a critical understanding of problem solving, programming, data representation and the systems development lifecycle in unit 1. In unit 2, students study computer systems, hardware elements of computers, machine level architecture, hardware devices, the structure of the internet, web page design and the consequences of uses of Computing.

AS Level:

Unit 1: Problem Solving, Programming, Data Representation and Practical exercise.

A practical, on-screen, examination which allows candidates to demonstrate their knowledge of the fundamental principles of the subject, focusing on programming through a problem-solving scenario using pre-release material.

Unit 2: Computer Components, The Stored Program Concept, and The Internet.

A written paper which focuses on the hardware and software aspects of Computing and the social and economic consequences of Computing.

A2 Level:

Unit 3: Problem Solving, Programming, Operating Systems, Databases and Networking.

This unit focuses on computational thinking, what can be computed, programming and problem-solving including communication and networking.

Unit 4: The Computing Practical Project.

This is an internally assessed unit, with candidates required to complete a report on a computer-based programmed solution to a problem solving exercise of their choice.

Entry requirements

Candidates will need a grade B or above in both Maths and English. The course has an emphasis onabstract thinking, general problem-solving, algorithmic and mathematical reasoning, scientific andengineering-based approaches. Students will develop a software project and associated report to solve a real-life problem. This project can form a useful discussion topic for UCAS applications.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The New Sixth Bath directly.

Last updated date: 04 September 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years


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    • The New Sixth is located at the southern gateway to the World Heritage City of Bath with beautiful views towards the Severn estuary and over Bath. Access to the Sixth Form is easy as it is on main bus routes and next to the Bath Park and Ride terminus making it an easy destination for students.