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Computing at Tarporley High School and Sixth Form College

Course description

Who would suit or enjoy the course? Students with a logical mind that want to know how the internal parts of a computer work together and operate. Students who like to problem solve and find solutions. An ability to work with numbers/maths is also beneficial. An AS/A2 in Computing combines well with almost all other AS and A Level subjects and supports a wide range of university courses, such as Communications, Media, Business and Management.

What is the structure of the modules and methods of assessment?

AS (2 Modules) – 1 x Theory Module assessed by written exam (Short answer questions).

1 x on-computer programming exam. A2 (2 Modules) – 1 x Theory Module assessed by written exam (Short answer questions). 1 x Major Project, where students create a programmed solution to a real problem of their own choice. – Assessed by portfolio evidence. What skills are needed/involved: Logical and problem solving mind. Ability to work with abstract concepts.
AS Level Module 1 – Problem Solving, Programming, Data Representation and Practical Exercise Module 2 – Computer Components, The Stored Program Concept and the Internet A2 Level Module 3 – Problem Solving, Programming, Operating Systems, Databases and Networking Module 4 – The Computing Practical Project

Where can this subject lead me to in the future?

Whilst studying Computing, students will learn a variety of transferable skills for all areas of their life/education. Some students have used the A Level Computing to go straight into employment in areas such as Programming, Systems Analysis, Communications, Software Design, Gaming, or Project Management.

Entry requirements

5A*-C GCSEs with minimum B in subject of choice

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tarporley High School and Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 03 June 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years