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Computing A Level at The Leventhorpe School

Course description

Computer systems component (01) contains the majority of the content of the qualification and is assessed in a written paper recalling knowledge and understanding. Algorithms and programming component (02) relates principally to problem solving skills needed by learners to apply the knowledge and understanding gained in component 01. Programming project component (03 or 04) is a practical portfolio based assessment with a task that is chosen by the teacher or leaner and is produced in an appropriate programming language of the learners or teachers choice. Mathematical skills are embedded throughout the content of the three components. They will be assessed in the written papered and through the non examined assessment where appropriate.

Course content

Computing Principles

  • software
  • programming
  • data
  • hardware

Algorithms and problem solving

  • algorithms
  • programming
  • problem solving
  • pseudocode

Computer systems

  • software
  • exchanging data
  • algorithms
  • hardware

Algorithms and programming

  • computational thinking
  • problem solving
  • programming
  • algorithms

Programming project

  • analyse
  • design
  • develop
  • test
  • evaluate

Entry requirements

Grade C in GCSE Computing (if Computing not taken at GCSE at least a Grade 6 in GCSE Maths)

Assessment

AS

Unit 1 – Computing Principles

  • 1 hour 15 minutes written examination
  • 70 marks (50% of AS)

Unit 2 – Algorithms and problem solving

  • 1 hour 15 minutes written examination
  • 70 marks (50% of AS)

A2

Unit 1 – Computer systems

  • 2 hour 30 minutes written examination
  • 140 marks (40% of A Level)

Unit 2 – Algorithms and programming

  • 2 hour 30 minutes written examination
  • 140 marks (40% of A Level)

Unit 3 or 4 – Programming project

  • Practical project
  • 70 marks (20% of A Level)

Future opportunities

With a qualification in Computing you could go on to Higher Education or work in one of the many vocational areas servicing a world increasingly dominated by the use of computers. Many Computing students go on to university after A-levels, and around half follow computer-related courses, such as computer science, artificial intelligence, games design, games programming, software engineering, systems analysis, informatics etc., or joint courses such as business management with computing or IT.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years

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