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Computing AS/A2 at King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon

Course description

It is expected that boys will achieve an A* or A grade in GCSE Mathematics in order to take this subject in the Sixth Form. A B grade is a minimum. GCSE Computing or ICT are not necessary.

Computing? A little bit geeky? Yes. A little bit difficult? Yes. Undeniably cool? Oh yes.

If you are constantly asking “What happens if I change this?” and “How does it work?” questions when you are supposed to be typing up your GCSE Controlled Assessments, then AS Level Computing may be the perfect

choice for you. You’ll learn all about the hardware and software that make up a typical computer system and what really goes on inside those chips and circuit boards. You’ll learn how to design and write real computer programs, create apps to run on your smart-phones and tablets and discover how to spot errors in all those dodgy freeware games you insist on running on your Dad’s laptop. Even better, you’ll learn all about the latest cutting edge technology and possibly be inspired to becoming the next Charles Babbage or Tim Berners-Lee.

AS Level consist of 2 units:

Computer Fundamentals

This unit gives a broad overview of Computing Science, looking at the elements of a computer system (hardware/software/operating systems), the structure and nature of data and the implications of computer use. Assessment is through a 90 minute end of unit exam consisting mostly of short answer questions.

Programming Techniques and Logic

This unit focuses on designing, creating and evaluating computer programs. A variety of practical tasks are covered in different computer languages. Assessment is through a 90 minute end of unit exam consisting mostly of medium to longer answer questions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon directly.

Last updated date: 01 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 52 - 104 Weeks