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Computing A Level at St Joseph's Catholic Academy

Course description

Welcome to Computing. This course will open doors to a wide variety of opportunities and careers. Today’s world revolves around the use of technology and you could be a part of shaping the future. Say “Yes” to GCE Computing and you’ll follow a programme of learning that is sure to make the most of your talents and skills.

The great thing is, because the technology moves as fast as you can study it, there’s always going to be new and interesting things to learn.

Course content

Your first part of the course (AS) will explore the basics. What is a computer? What’s programming and data all about? How can a computer solve problems?

In the following year (A2) to the more advanced and complicated things computers can do. ‘Techie’ stuff like operating system development, software engineering and database design.

Entry requirements




Unit 1: Problem Solving, Programming, Data Representation and Practical Exercise. Assessment: 2 hour on-screen examination - Candidates must use examination materials to answer short questions and to write a program in the examination.

Unit 2: The Computer Components, the Stored Program Concept and the Internet. Assessment: 1 hour written examination - Compulsory short answer questions.


On-screen Activity: Fundamentals of programming; Fundamentals of data structures; Fundamentals of algorithms; Theory of computation. Assessment: 2 hour 30 mins on-screen examination similar to Unit 1 from AS. Theory Module: Problem Solving, Programming, Operating Systems, Databases and Networking. Assessment: 2 hour 30 minutes written examination - Compulsory short and extended answer questions.

Unit 4: The Practical Project Assessment: Coursework - internally assessed, and moderated by AQA.

Future opportunities


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Joseph's Catholic Academy directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years