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Computing at King Alfred's Academy

Course description

Computers figure in all our lives; in science, technology, manufacturing, research, medicine, – you name it, computing influences and affects everything we do.

Computing is not about learning to use tools or just training in a programming language. Instead it is about computational thinking. Computational thinking is a kind of reasoning used by both humans and machines; the study of computation is about what can be computed and how to compute it. This course has an emphasis on abstract thinking, general problem-solving, algorithmic and mathematical reasoning, and scientific and engineering-based thinking.

In your first year, you will understand what a computer is, what programming and data are all about and how a computer can solve problems. You will learn that programming has a language of its own, and can be used to instruct computers to do a range of tasks, both simple and complex.

In you second year, you will move on to how operating systems work, how computer architectures are structured and data is represented, structured and manipulated. You learn about high level language programming paradigms, low level languages and how databases function.

Through coursework candidates will gain an understanding of system requirements, analysis, system design and software development. This will be tested, documented with a final evaluation all presented in a written report.

Entry requirements

Typically students need at the very least 5 or more GCSE’s at grade C or above to be successful on an Advanced Course. There are more than 30 subjects to choose from though some may require more than a C grade.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Alfred's Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 September 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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