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Computing A Level at St Crispin's School

Course description

Studying A level Chemistry will also open up a student’s career options. There are many careers where Chemistry is an essential subject, such as medicine, forensic science, veterinary sciences and dentistry.

But even if you are looking for a job in another field, the analytical skills students will have gained in Chemistry will make them an attractive candidate for careers in areas such as accountancy and law.

Course content

Both Year 12 and Year 13 have two units of work, one looking at the practical side of Computing and the other looking at the theoretical side.

AS

The elements covered in Year 12 fall over the two units. In COMP1 students will develop their programming skills, as well as looking at how data can be represented, what makes up sound and images and also the essentials of problem solving. COMP2 covers the more theoretical part of the course, looking at hardware, software and the CPU as well as looking at Boolean Logic and the legal, ethical and moral implications of Computing. There is a practical element of this side of the course looking at web development, in particularly at HTML and CSS.

A2

In Year 13 COMP3 looks at more advanced algorithms, how operating systems work, how databases can be used and developing knowledge of SQL to control databases. As well as these topics networks are looked into in a more in depth manner. COMP4 is a piece of coursework chosen by the student. Here students have to apply the System Development Life Cycle to this, going through the analysis, design, implementation, testing and analysis stages.

Entry requirements

GCSE Maths or Computer Science at grade B or above.

Assessment

N/A

Future opportunities

Creative Writing is firmly established as a distinct discipline within higher education. It prepares students for further study in creative writing and is also suitable for those intending to study English Literature, Media or English Language.

For those students who will go straight into employment, Creative Writing will arm them with skills such as the ability to express themselves with clarity, think analytically, work as a team and problem solve creatively, leading to a range of professional careers within the creative and cultural industries.

It is useful for careers such as Media, Journalism, Film or Art.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Crispin's School directly.

Last updated date: 09 June 2015

Key information

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

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