Computing A level **FEES PAYABLE** at Acorn Independent College
Computing is arguably one of the most important and significant disciplines available at A Level. Computing is now compulsory in primary schools and the introduction of coding initiatives by the government for children of all ages demonstrates the importance of the subject.
Computing is distinct and quite different from ICT (or IT) in that it is the study of how computers and computer systems work. Students will learn a quite sophisticated coding language to be able to develop their own programs. ICT, on the other hand, is the study of the use of computers and software although increasingly there are elements of computing even in the ICT syllabuses.
Although details of previous school reports and examination results may be considered, previous academic achievements are not our only criteria. At Acorn House, we value eagerness to learn and willingness to work hard. After discussing possible courses, an offer of a place is made if the student’s aims appear to be compatible with those of the College.
Students of Computing should be good mathematicians and through studying Computing they will learn to apply their understanding of logic and of mathematics. The skills developed on the A Level course are valuable to anyone preparing for life in the modern world, but of course are particularly useful to candidates with a plan to pursue a career in one of the rapidly growing and changing computing industries.
The Two-year programme is designed for students who have completed their GCSE courses. Most students will study four AS subjects in their first year, and three of these subjects at A2 in the second year.
The One-Year Fast-Track A Level programme runs from September to June and offers an intensive approach to the student’s chosen subject. This one-year focused approach can be useful for those who have studied AS Levels or A Levels elsewhere but may not have achieved their desired grade and wish to retake their exams.
Our 18 Month A Level course option begins in January. It is particularly suited to students who are wishing to retake the full 2-year A Level course, but who were unable to begin in September, or who wish to move schools following a term in Lower Sixth elsewhere. The first year’s worth of modules for the A Level course will be condensed into the Spring and Summer terms in Lower Sixth, ending in June. Students will then be able to complete their final year of A Level study in the ordinary calendar structure, from September to June.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Acorn Independent College directly.