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Computing AS/A Level at South Holderness Technology College

Course description

In essence Computing is about understanding in detail, how computer systems actually work. Computers pervade every aspect of modern life. The microprocessor which lies at the heart of every computing system is found absolutely everywhere, from the PC on our desk to laptops, PDAs, mobile phones, cars and microwave ovens. Modern society simply could not function without computers, but few people really understand how it all works. Computing at A-Level will give you a deep insight and understanding into how it all its together, from the microprocessor, which you will study in some detail, to memory, storage, operating systems and network architectures. At the end of the course you will have an excellent understanding of how it all works.

Course content

AS Units

Unit 1- Fundamentals of problem solving, fundamentals of programming, fundamentals of data representation, system development life cycle.

Unit 2- Fundamentals of computer systems, fundamental hardware elements of computers, machine level architecture, hardware devices, structure of the internet, web page design, consequences of computing.

A2 Units

Unit 3- problem solving, programming concepts, real numbers, operating systems, databases, communication and networking.

Unit 4- computing practical project.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A-C grade including Maths and English

A grade B in GCSE subjects is required for most A Level programmes. Please speak to the sixth form subject teacher for specific details on course entry.


AS Year

2 hour on-screen examination worth 30% of the full A Level

1 hour written examination worth 20% of the full A Level

A2 Year

2.5 hour written examination worth 30% of the full A Level

Coursework worth 20% of the full A Level

Future opportunities

Computing combines well with a variety of other subjects. Mathematics and Further Mathematics works well for those students who intend to go on to study Computer Science at university. Computing can lead to a career in the games industry, in research or as a quantitative analyst.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Holderness Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

Key information

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