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Computing A Level at Alderman White School and Language College

Course description

To achieve this qualification, Candidates must complete a total of two mandatory units for the AS and a further two for the A level.

The mandatory AS units are:
- Computer fundamentals
- Programming techniques and logical methods

The two extra modules for A2are:
- Advanced computing theory
- Computing theory

It is expected that there will be significant independent study to back up the work students carry out in lessons. This is in addition to coursework and exam revision.


Three of the four units are assessed through exams which are worth a total of 80% of the full A level. In the second year there is a computing project which is internally assessed and worth the final 20%. If you choose to do the AS level there are two exams each worth 50%.

Future opportunities

Those who study this course progress into the computing sector. This could be where they focus on the technical, programming or network aspects of the course, as well as an overall idea of the systems development life cycle.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Alderman White School and Language College directly.

Last updated date: 08 July 2015

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