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Computing - A-Level at St Aidan's Catholic Academy

Course description

This subject will give learners a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works.
Learners will no doubt be familiar with the use of computers and other related technology from
their other subjects and elsewhere. However, this course will give them an insight into what goes
on ‘behind the scenes’, including how a computer works and computer programming, which many
students find absorbing.
The Advanced Subsidiary (AS) GCE is both a ‘stand-alone’ qualification and also the first half of
the corresponding Advanced GCE. It is made up of two mandatory units, which are externally
assessed through an exam and form 50% of the corresponding four-unit Advanced GCE. This AS
specification encourages candidates to develop their knowledge and understanding of computer
systems, the principles of computing (including programming) and how these are applied to the
solution of problems.
The Advanced GCE (A2) is made up of the two units at AS and two further units at A2. Of the A2
units, F453 is externally assessed by an exam and F454 is internally assessed through
coursework. For the coursework, students choose their own topic and design and build a
programmed solution to meet the projects’ requirements. By choosing their own project topic,
students have the possibility of a wide range of projects, from games to business solutions.
Additionally to the AS, this A2 specification encourages candidates to gain an understanding of
systematic methods such as the use of algorithms and test strategies, the maintenance of
computer systems and the skills associated with documenting solutions, encouraging candidates
to further develop skills associated with applying this knowledge and understanding to producing
computer-based solutions to real problems.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE Grade B’s or above, including a Grade B in GCSE ICT or Computing/Merit in OCR Nationals and ideally Mathematics/Physics Grade A. A facility with using computers is also assumed. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, enthusiasm for the subject and an ability to solve problems logically is essentia

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Aidan's Catholic Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 January 2016
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Key information

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