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Computing A Level at South Hunsley School and Sixth Form College

Course description

This course will give you a thorough understanding of the principles of computing, which include programming, software, development, data types and structures and hardware and software. You will also study algorithms and problem solving and these will feature in almost all the tasks you complete.   

During the first year of the course, you will complete all course content for the AS qualification, which is now completely separate from the A-level qualification. During your second year, you will study the full A-Level course. This will include completing topics started at AS-level and further developing some of them to a higher level, as well as studying new topics.

Course content

What will I learn?Computer Systems 

In this unit you will learn about computer components and their uses, types of software and the different methodologies used to develop software, how data is exchanged between different systems, how data is represented and stored within different structures, different algorithms that can be applied to data structures and the laws and ethical issues around the use of computers.

Algorithms and Programming 

In this unit, you will learn what is meant by computational thinking, how computers can be used to solve problems, how programs can be written to solve problems, the use of standard algorithms and their use in describing problems.

Programming Project

In this unit, you will learn how to produce a coded, computing solution to a real-world problem, including analysis of the problem, design of the solution, development of the solution and evaluation of the finished project

The basics...
  • Solve real problems in real situations
  • Find out how computers really work
  • Elements require good understanding of mathematics
  • Ideal course if you have good ICT skills and enjoy solving problems

Entry requirements

The main prerequisite for the course is a genuine desire to learn about how computers can be applied to solve real problems. Whilst previous study of ICT would be an advantage, this is not essential. However, aspects of the course will require a good understanding of Mathematics.

Future opportunities

This course is excellent preparation for computing studies at degree level or for any kind of career in computing. Computers are increasingly being used in a variety of applications, so a qualification in Computing is relevant to most subsequent courses and careers. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Hunsley School and Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 28 September 2017

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