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A Level: Computing at De Lisle College

Course description

Computing is of enormous importance to the economy, and the role of Computer Science as a discipline itself and as an ‘underpinning’ subject across science and engineering is growing rapidly.

Computer technology continues to advance rapidly and the way that technology is consumed has also been changing at a fast pace over recent years. The growth in the use of mobile devices and web-related technologies has exploded, resulting in new challenges for employers and employees. For example, businesses today require an ever-increasing number of technologically-aware individuals. This is even more so in the gaming, mobile and web related industries and this specification has been designed with this in mind.

Course content

This qualification gives students a general grounding in computing, including an understanding of computer systems, the principles of programming and problem-solving.

What will I study?

•The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices

• Software and software development

•Exchanging data

•Data types, data structures and algorithms

•Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues

• Elements of computational thinking

• Problem solving and programming

• Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms

The learner will choose a computing problem to work through according to the guidance in the specification.

• Analysis of the problem

• Design of the solution

• Developing the solution

• Evaluation

Entry requirements

To be accepted into De Lisle College Sixth Form students need to achieve 4 grade 4's and 2 grade 5's. A minimum of grade 4 in English and Maths is recommended.

Additionally, this subject requires:

Minimum grade 5 in GCSE Computer Science.

Assessment

For more information please visit the De Lisle Sixth Form curriculum website.

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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 qualification is recognised for helping you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge for entering today's workforce across many industries who depend on computers and technology more generally.

Further information

The College holds an ‘Into the Sixth Form Evening’ in November, where prospective students can find out more about the course. Otherwise further information on this course can be obtained by contacting De Lisle.

 

Applications can be made online via the De Lisle Sixth Form website

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 October 2018
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