Computer Science A level at Leyton Sixth Form College
Computing is an exciting course that gives you a strong understanding of how computers work and how to write your own programs. It focuses on problem-solving, mathematical reasoning; and engineering based thinking, it is a good foundation for understanding future challenges in this fast moving technological world.
There is a clear distinction between ICT and Computing. The two courses have been written to avoid any overlap of content. Computing is about designing new algorithms to solve new problems. This course covers the technical side of Computing including ‘Programming' and ‘Computer Architecture'.
Some topics that you will cover include:
- Fundamentals of programming
- Fundamentals of algorithms
- Fundamentals of computer systems
- Fundamentals of databases
- Fundamentals of functional programming and much more
You do not need to have done any ICT or Computing qualifications before to join this course. You need to meet the college entry requirement for an A-level programme plus a minimum of B/6 at Maths GCSE.
Exam board: AQA
The AS qualification is assessed by two papers.
- Paper 1 is assessed by an on-screen exam (1 hour 30 minutes)
- Paper 2 is assessed by a written exam (1 hour 30 minutes)
The full A level qualification is assessed by two papers and one coursework.
- Paper 1 is assessed by an on-screen exam (2 hour 30 minutes)
- Paper 2 is assessed by a written exam (2 hour 30 minutes)
The coursework element is worth 20% and is non-exam assessment but will assess your ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve and investigate a practical problem.
One can study Computing and go on to a career in medicine, law, business, politics or any type of science. However, if you decide to do a computing related degree then this A-level will be extremely useful. Some universities demand Maths A-level as one of their requirements to do a computer science degree.
What are the enrichment opportunities as part of this subject?
You will be part of the Computing & ICT department which is very active in organising enrichment activities. The department organises various enrichment activities throughout the year such as University trips, Technology trips to various industries within the country and abroad. Examples include: New York trip, ICT Live Conference – Paris, Microsoft – Think Computer Science, Visit to Land Rover, Thorpe Park with ICT seminar, The Gadget Show Live, Apple Store Workshop and much more.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Leyton Sixth Form College directly.