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AS/A2 Computing at St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy - Trinity Sixth Form

Course description


The A Level course is centred on programming and is supported by  agencies such as the Computer Society and the CBI.  There is a large hands on element and pupils learn by doing. The course is  delivered by highly experienced Computer teachers through the school VLE, supported by text books and by additional electronic resources. It can be accessed by students registered on the course both at school and at home. Pupils are encouraged to use the internet for research and to make use of the most current technology as they work.

At AS level the emphasis is on practical programming concepts

At A2 there is a major coursework task which, once approved by the teacher has to be completed independently. The task involves detailed liaison with a client user or agency to ensure that the end product meets  preset requirements. High level Computing theory is taught to students at A2, to prepare them for the Comp 3 examination. Homework, private study  and research opportunities are used to support learning.


Course content

An academic TWO year course of study, in which you learn all about computing. The emphasis is on Computer Programming and on Systems design.  During year 2 you complete a programmed solution to a real problem associated with a user. Realistic needs are taken into account as you specify, design and create the solution. Learning undertaken is an excellent basis for a degree course, although it is useful in all subject areas and the analytical skills you will develop will help with other A level courses and subsequent higher education courses.


Entry requirements

Grade B pass in Chemistry or B in Additional Science at GCSE



AS: (Comp 1) A 2 hour practical on screen examination in

Computer Systems & Programming  - 60% of AS exam

(Comp 2)  A written 1 hour examination on aspects of Hardware,

Software & Applications - 40% of AS exam

A2: (Comp 3) A written, 2 hour 30 minutes, examination in

Processing & Programming Development - 60% of A2 exam

 (Comp 4)  Advanced Systems Development Coursework task  - 40% of A2  exam


Future opportunities

The British Computer Society recently highlighted an alarming down turn in Computer Science graduate projections which could imperil long-term success for the nation's expanding IT economy. “The future success of the British IT economy, particularly in the nano­technology and biotechnology sectors, will rely on the availability of computer science graduates.

The AQA Computing course will prepare you for further education, specifically in a globally expanding ICT/Computing field. From games or web-design to systems analysis, high quality practitioners will always be required.  A GCE in Computing could be the first step on that path.

Further information


Lessons in The Trinity Sixth Form are taught in two blocks, a morning and an afternoon, with a flexible lunchtime in between. Some students will find that all of their subjects will be taught in the same school, while others may choose subjects taught in another school.

Transport will be provided free during the lunchtime, so you don't have to worry about getting from morning to afternoon classes. Free before and after transport is also available to and from your home school if required.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy - Trinity Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 24 January 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: Computing: Teaching 2014 – A Level 2510 Computer Science: Teaching 2015 – AS Course Code 7516/A Level Course Code 7517

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Patricia Rhodes -Trinity Progress Manager SMW
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01782 810400
    • Email address: