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Computing A-Level at Brampton Manor Academy

Course description

Who should study Computing?

GCE Computing gets on the inside of the single most powerful tool the world has seen. Computers figure in all our lives; in science, technology, manufacturing, research, medicine, – you name it, computing influences and affects everything we do.

Course content

AS Computing

Unit 1 Computing Principles

In this unit, you will cover the following: Hardware; Software; Data, its presentation, structure and management; The characteristics of contemporary processors; input, output and storage devices; programming, exchanging data, data types, data structures and algorithms; legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues. It is assessed through a 1 hour 15 minutes written examination and accounts for 50% of the AS grade.

Unit 2 Algorithms and Problem Solving

In this unit you will cover the following: Designing solutions to problems; The elements of computational thinking; problem solving and programming; algorithms. It is assessed through a 1 hour 15 minutes written examination and accounts for 50% of the AS grade.

A2 Computing

Unit 1 Computer Systems

In this unit, you will learn about: 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. It is assessed through a 2.5 hour written examination and accounts for 40% of the A2 level grade.

Unit 2 Algorithms and Programming

In this unit, you will learn about: Elements of computational thinking; Problem solving and programming; Algorithms.

Unit 3 Programming Project

The project is a substantial piece of work, requiring analysis and design over an extended period of time, which is organised, evaluated and presented in a report. It accounts for 40% of the A2 level grade.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement to study A-Levels is at least six GCSE grades A*-C (including English, Maths and Double or Triple Science). The average of all the GCSEs taken must be grade B or higher. We will not count ‘GCSE-equivalent’ qualifications (for example BTEC, DIDA, OCR Nationals).

Students must also achieve at least Grade B in the subjects that they wish to study. Where students have not studied a subject before, comparable grades will be used as a guide.

The subjects a student choses to study at A Level have a large impact on future progression to university and degree choice. We will consider each individual's circumstances and offer appropriate guidance and support to help students make the right subject choices.

Subject Specific

GCSE grade B in English, Maths and Double Science (or Physics/Chemistry) 

Future opportunities

Computing involves everyone, in every walk of life. Your career opportunities are endless. If you study Maths as well as computing you will be very employable. You may wish to pursue a career as a scientist, an engineer, a computer programmer or, as an alternative career path, education, teaching or IT.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brampton Manor Academy directly.

Last updated date: 28 April 2015

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