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Computing AS & A Level at Scarborough Sixth Form College

Course description

Computing develops problem-solving ability using an algorithmic approach. It teaches programming in a fun and challenging way. It also develops an understanding of hardware and software. It provides a firm basis for a Computing degree and we recommend Computing rather than IT to students with this aim.

Course content

First Year

  • Component 1: Fundamentals of Computer Science.
    Written examination: 2 hours. 70% of qualification.
    This component investigates computer architecture, communication, data representation, data structures, software applications, programs, algorithms, logic, programming methodologies and the impact of computer science on society.
  • Component 2: Practical Programming to Solve Problems.
    On-screen examination: 2 hours 15 minutes. 30% of qualification
    This component consists of a series of set tasks completed on-screen by candidates. These tasks will assess the practical application of knowledge and understanding and will require the use of Python as a programming language.

Second Year

  • Component 1: Programming and System Development.
    Written examination: 2 hours 45 minutes. 40% of qualification
    This component investigates programs, data structures, algorithms, logic, programming methodologies and the impact of computer science on society.
  • Component 2: Computer Architecture, Data Communication and Applications.
    Written examination: 2 hours 45 minutes. 40% of qualification
    This component investigates computer architecture, communication, data representation, organisation and structure of data, programs, algorithms and software applications.
  • Component 3: Programmed Solution to a Problem.
    Non-exam assessment (coursework). 20% of qualification
    Candidates discuss, investigate, design, prototype, refine and implement, test and evaluate a computerised solution to a problem chosen by the candidate which must be solved using original code.

Entry requirements

In addition to the A Level entry requirements you need a minimum of a grade 5 in GCSE Maths

Assessment

At AS a written examination and an on-screen programming exam. At A-level two written examinations and a coursework component (20%)

Future opportunities

Computers are widely used in all aspects of government, business, industry, education, leisure and the home. In this increasingly technological age a study of computing, and particularly how computers are used in the solution of problems, is of great value. Computing encourages an awareness of the management and organisation of computer systems and it extends the students’ horizons beyond the school environment in the appreciation of the effects of computer applications on society and individuals.

It is not necessary to take A level Computer Science before going on to take a degree in the subject but, it does provide a useful basis for further study and shows a commitment to the subject. A-level Computer Science prepares you very well for a range of specialised degrees including: Computing, Security and Encryption, Software Engineering, Computer Games Production, Information Systems, Forensic Computing, Computer Technologies, Network Management and Web Design & Services

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Scarborough Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2016
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