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AS and A2 Level Computing at The Catholic High School, Chester A Specialist Science College

Course description

Computer Fundamentals
Candidates gain an appreciation of computer fundamentals, including hardware, software, the presen-
tation, structure and management of data, how data is transmitted and networked, the life cycle of sys-
tems development, the characteristics of information systems, and the implications of computer use.
Assessed through examination.
Programming Techniques and Logical Methods
Candidates gain an appreciation of designing solutions to particular problems, how procedural pro-
grammes are structured, the types of data and data structures, the common facilities of procedural lan-
guages, how to write maintainable programmes, and how to test and run solutions. Assessed through
Advanced Computing Theory
Candidates understand the function of operating systems, the function and purpose of translators, how
computer architectures are structured, how data is represented, how data is structured and manipulat-
ed, high level language programming paradigms, low level languages and how databases function. As-
sessed through examination.
Computing Project
Through coursework candidates gain an understanding of definition, investigation and analysis, system
design, software development and testing, documentation, evaluation and how to produce written re-
ports covering these topics. Assessed through coursework.

Entry requirements

Students embarking on this course should ideally have Grade C or above in computing, ICT or a pass on the OCR Nationals course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Catholic High School, Chester A Specialist Science College directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014

Key information

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