Computing A Level at Liverpool College
Over the past few years, students have enquired about computing as an option and there has been a general move in the education sector to fill a skills gap that is widening in producing competent students who can continue the UK‟s historic contribution to the computer industry. An Englishman called Charles Babbage invented the Difference Engine during the Victorian era which was technically the world‟s first programmable computer (albeit mechanical not electronic). Mathematician Alan Turing together with Post Office engineer Tommy Flowers created the world‟s first electronic computer to crack German ciphers during the World War II. And Tim Berners-Lee saw the potential of the Internet by inventing the World Wide Web. More recently, however, the computing sector has been lacking suitable recruits to continue this proud tradition as schools moved towards ICT. A Level Computing provides students with the tools required to gain a strong foothold in this area which is attractive to both universities and employers alike. “Apps” are all the rage these days so there are plenty of opportunities for students who want to pursue this career path.
At AS, candidates following this specification do not need to have prior knowledge of Computing or ICT. In the specification there are two units which allow candidates to demonstrate their knowledge of the fundamental principles of Computing:
- Unit 1: Problem Solving, Programming, Data Representation and Practical Exercise
- Unit 2: The Computer Components, The Stored Program Concept and The Internet.
The A2 specification builds on the content of AS with focus on programming and problem solving including communication and networking. For the coursework unit, candidates are required to complete a report on a computer-based solution to a real problem that they have identified:
- Unit 3: Problem Solving, Programming, Operating Systems, Databases and Networking
- Unit 4: The Practical Project.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Liverpool College directly.