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Computing AS/A2 Level at Cardinal Newman Catholic School A Specialist Science College

Course description

1 theory lesson each week

2 hours of homework each week

2 lessons of practical programming tasks each week – Python programming

Students are expected to document their learning in a theory exercise book and programming workbook.This is an academically rigorous course suitable for students who enjoy problem solving, mathematics and who would like to pursue a career or further study in software engineering or information technology.

Course content

F451 Computing Fundamentals:

Algorithms, flowcharts, pseudocode, modular code design, interface design, prototyping, selection and nesting, string manipulation, validation, writing maintainable programs, procedures, functions, recursion, arrays, file handling, databases, graphics, debugging, errors, testing


F452 Programming and Logical Methods:

Hardware, software, data presentation, structure and management, networking, system development lifecycle, characteristics of information systems, implications of computer use, data types and structures.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE’s grades A – C, including Grade B in Maths.



 2 x 90 minute exams



2 x 90 minute exams

Plus a large programming project

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cardinal Newman Catholic School A Specialist Science College directly.

Last updated date: 07 May 2015
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Key information

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