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Computing A Level at The Trinity Catholic School

Course description

1 Problem Solving, Programming, Data Representation and Practical
Coursework – 60% of AS, 30% of A-Level
2 The Computer Components, The Stored Program Concept and The
Written examination – 40% of AS, 20% of A-Level
Unit 1
• Stages of problem solving
• Drawing and interpreting simple state transition diagrams and transition
• Introducing the term algorithm, expressing the solution to a simple
problem as an algorithm
• Programming in a high level programming language and the fundamentals
of structured programming
• The binary number system, number bases and information coding schemes
• The stages of development of a hardware/software system.
Unit 2
• Logic gates and boolean algebra
• The internal components of a computer
• Hardware devices
• The fundamentals of computer systems
• The structure of the internet, networking protocols and the consequences
of uses of computing.

3 Problem Solving, Programming, Operating Systems, Databases and
Written examination - 60% of A2, 30% of A-Level
4 The Practical Project
Coursework – 40% of A2, 20% of A-Level
Unit 3
• Problem solving and algorithmic complexity
• Algorithms and data structures for problem solving
• Programming paradigms and object oriented programming techniques
• The role of an operating system
• Database design
Unit 4
• Evaluate the possible need for development of a computer-based solution
to a real problem
• Document a design that meets the requirements of a real problem in terms
of hardware and software
• Document the analysis, design, construction, testing, training and
maintenance of a programmed solution.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Trinity Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 05 November 2014

Key information

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