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Computing GCE A Level at Oriel High School

Course description

Computing influences every aspect of our lives, whether we realise it or not. Although
there may be many who can use computers and understand their impact on society, there continues to be a shortage of professionals who understand how computers actually work.

Course content

Uni1 01: Computer Systems
»» 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.
Unit 02: Algorithms and Programming
»» Elements of computational thinking.
»» Problem solving and programming.
»» Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms.
Unit 03: Programming Project
You will choose a computing problem to work through whereby you create a solution for a
client of your choice.
»» Analysis of the problem.
»» Design of the solution.
»» Developing the solution.
»» Evaluation.

Entry requirements

You should have at least 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C, including Maths and English.
Due to the problem solving and algorithmic nature of this course you should have a grade B in Maths.


How will I be assessed?
The A Level is assessed through two 2h 30min written examinations, each worth 40% of the final grade.
The programming project accounts for 20% of the A Level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oriel High School directly.

Last updated date: 17 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years