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AS/A2 Level : Computing at De Lisle College

Course description

The course is not about learning to use tools or just training in a programming language. Instead the emphasis is on computational thinking. Computational thinking is a kind of reasoning used by both humans and machines. Thinking computationally is an important life skill. Thinking computationally means using abstraction and decomposition. The study of computation is about what can be computed and how to compute it. Computer Science involves questions that have the potential to change how we view the world. For example, we may be computing with DNA at some stage in the future, with computer circuits made of genes. This leads to the question, does the natural world ‘compute’?

Course content

Unit 1 – COMP1

Problem Solving, Programming, Data Representation and

Practical Exercise

60% of AS, 30% of A Level

2 hour on-screen examination

100 marks

 

Unit 2 – COMP2

Computer Components, The Stored Program Concept and The Internet

40% of AS, 20% of A Level

1 hour written examination

60 marks

Compulsory short answer questions.

 

What will I learn:

In the AS specification there are two units. Unit 1 is a practical, on-screen, examination which allows candidates to demonstrate their knowledge of the fundamental principles of the subject, focusing on programming through a problem-solving scenario using pre-release material. Unit 2 focuses on the hardware and software aspects of Computing and the social and economic consequences of Computing. The A2 specification builds on the content of AS, with Unit 3 focusing on computational thinking, what can be computed, programming and problem-solving including communication and networking. The second unit, Unit 4, is an internally assessed unit, with candidates required to complete a report on a computer-based programmed solution to a problemsolving exercise of their choice.

Entry requirements

GCSE ICT - Grade B

GCSE Maths - Grade C

Assessment

Assessment:

AS

Unit 1 – COMP1, 60% of AS, 30% of A Level

2 hour on-screen examination, 100 marks

 

Unit 2 – Comp2, 40% of AS, 20% of A Level

1 hour written examination, 60 marks.

 

A2

Unit 3 – Comp 3, 30% of A Level

2 hour 30 minutes written examination, 100 marks

 

Unit 4 – Comp 4, 20% of A Level

Coursework, internally assessed, and moderated by AQA.75 marks

 

Future opportunities

Teaching, network design and installation, software development and use, research and development are just a few possibilities.

With further training you could go into a job directly related to Information and Communication Technology such as a Computer Programmer, ICT Technician or Website Developer.

You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge for entering today's workforce across many industries who depend on computers and technology more generally. Many students will continue their studies with degree courses, either discreet ICT or Computer Science or those coupled with the use of ICT.

Further information

In the AS specification there are two units. Unit 1 is a practical, on-screen, examination which allows candidates to demonstrate their knowledge of the fundamental principles of the subject, focusing on programming through a problem-solving scenario using pre-release material. Unit 2 focuses on the hardware and software aspects of Computing and the social and economic consequences of Computing.

The A2 specification builds on the content of AS, with Unit 3 focusing on computational thinking, what can be computed, programming and problem-solving including communication and networking. The second unit, Unit 4, is an internally assessed unit, with candidates required to complete a report on a computer-based programmed solution to a problemsolving exercise of their choice.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact De Lisle College directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: 2510
  • Web url: www.aqa.org.uk

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