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Computing AS/A Level at Kennet School

Course description

A level Computer Science is examined in three separate parts. Paper 1 involves some computer science theory plus an on-screen test based on a programming problem which students will have worked on in the weeks leading up to the exam. Paper 2 is a written exam that covers the basic principles of computer science and programming. The final assessment is an independent, internally assessed project where the students develop their own application. Examples of projects that can be created are applications for a smart phone/tablet, a computer game or a simulation/investigation. The AS qualification is examined in two parts. Paper 1 involves an on-screen test based on a programming problem. Paper 2 covers basic computer science and programming theory.

Course content

Computer Science is a practical subject and more time is spent in front of a PC than in front of a book! Assignments are many, varied and regular. Short-term assignments are based on practical programming exercises and theory, while medium and long-term projects revolve around practical and research work. Computer facilities are always available and staff are on hand to help out when needed.

Entry requirements

A*-C grades in your GCSEs, with B grade or above Science and grade 5 and above in Mathematics.

Future opportunities

You can study Computer Science in preparation for any university course with a computational emphasis such as Computer Science, Mathematics, and Engineering, Robotics, games design/ development or one of the sciences. Equally, this course will equip any student wishing to go straight into work or an advanced apprenticeship in which computing is an essential part of the work or training undertaken. Recent students have followed Computer Science and Mathematics courses at university, whilst others have gone into computing, network engineering, business and software/IT support advance apprenticeships and other training schemes.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kennet School directly.

Last updated date: 10 October 2017

Key information

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