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Computing A Level at Southmoor Academy

Course description

pupils develop the capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically. It includes more computer science than traditional ICT. A level Computing is excellent preparation for students looking to take computing studies at degree level, or for anyone considering any kind of career in computing. Complimentary subjects are the more logical and technical subjects such as Maths and Science.

Course content

Unit 1: Computer Fundamentals Students gain an appreciation of computing fundamentals, including hardware, soſtware, the presentation, structure and management of data, how data is transmitted and networked, the life cycle of systems development, the characteristics of information systems, and the implications of computer use

Unit 2: Programming Techniques and Logical Methods Students gain an appreciation of designing solutions to particular problems, how procedural programs are structured, the types of data and data structures, the common facilities of procedural languages, how to write maintainable programs, and how to test and run solutions.

Unit 3: Advanced Computing Theory Students understand the function of operating systems, the function and purpose of translators, how computer architectures are structured, how data is represented, how data is structured and manipulated, high level language programming paradigms, low level languages and how databases function.

Unit 4: Computing Project Through coursework, students gain an understanding of definition, investigation and analysis, system design, soſtware development and testing, documentation, evaluation and how to produce written reports covering these topics.

Entry requirements

Minimum grade 6 in GCSE Maths and grade C in IT, or, at least a grade C in Computing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Southmoor Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2016
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    • The Sixth Form at Southmoor is housed in a dedicated wing of Southmoor Academyl, completely refurbished and redesigned for our first intake in September 2014. Sixth formers enjoy their own café, open from 8.00am every morning and manned by our very own team of student Baristas, as well as study areas, a resource room, a computer suite, and classrooms furnished throughout with private study booths. All students have a locker to store their files in, and the newly refurbished toilets are for the exclusive use of Sixth Form students.