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Computing A Level at Archway School

Course description

.AS

  1. Computing principles - This component will introduce you to the internal workings of the Central Processing Unit, the exchange of data and will also look at software development, data types and legal and ethical issues.
  2. Algorithms and problem solving - This component will incorporate and build on the knowledge and understanding gained in the Computing principles component. In addition, you will:
  • understand what is meant by computational thinking
  • understand the benefits of applying computational thinking to solving problems
  • be able to use algorithms to describe problems.

A Level

  1. Computer Systems - This component will introduce you to the internal workings of the Central Processing Unit, the exchanging of data and also looks at software development, data types and legal and ethical issues.
  2. Algorithms and problem solving - This component will incorporate and build on the knowledge and understanding gained in the Computer systems unit’ in addition, you will should:
  • understand what is meant by computational thinking
  • understand the benefits of applying computational thinking to solving a wide variety of problems
  • understand the principles of solving problems by computational methods
  • be able to use algorithms to describe problems
  • be able to analyse a problem by

03 Programming Project - Through coursework candidates gain an

understanding of definition, investigation and analysis, system

design, software development and testing, documentation, evaluation and how to produce written reports covering these topics.

 

Entry requirements

A grade C or above in GCSE Computer Science is highly desirable but not essential.

Also, due to the very strong reliance on Maths and analytical thinking skills a grade B or above in GCSE maths is highly desirable.

Assessment

AS

Computer Principles – Externally marked exam – 50% - 70 marks / 1hr 15 mins

Algorithms and Problem Solving – Externally marked exam – 50% - 70 marks / 1hr 15 mins

 

A Level

Computer Principles – Externally marked exam – 40% - 140 marks / 2hr 30 mins

Algorithms and Problem Solving – Externally marked exam – 40% - 140 marks / 2hr 30 mins

Programming Project – Coursework Project – 20% - 70 marks

 

Financial information

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is made available from the Government – to provide assistance to students whose access to, or completion of, education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers. Further information regarding eligibility and application forms are available from the sixth form.

Future opportunities

Many occupations require some use of ICT skills; this qualification will  help  you tremendously.

This is an excellent course for those wishing to pursue a degree in Computing, Computer Programming or Computing Games Design.

A career from a huge range of businesses and industries, this course has direct student placement links with Renishaw.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archway School directly.

Last updated date: 16 August 2016
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