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Computing A Level at Maricourt Catholic High School

Course description

The course builds on, and extends, the topics studied at level 2 enabling students to develop a broad range of ICT skills and knowledge as a basis for progression into further Computing and Computer studies related fields. Students acquire knowledge and understanding of the components, functions and application of information systems and programming concepts. They also develop an understanding of the main principles of solving problems using ICT and develop the skills necessary to apply this understanding.

Course content

- AS and A level are decoupled, and both are standalone qualifications
- AS is no longer a subset of A level, however, the qualification has been designed to be co-teachable, with all content in the AS resident in the A level.
- Course consists of traditional paper based examination as well as online and non-exam practical assessed work

The course learning aims are to provide students with:

- the capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
- an understanding of the organisation of computer systems, including software, hardware, data, communications and people
- practical, high level skills and hands on skills relevant to modern day industry such as networking, programming
- an awareness of emerging technologies and an appreciation of their potential impact on society
- an understanding of the consequences of using computers, including social, legal, ethical and other issues
- skills in project management, time management and problem solving

We are able to offer the course to Advanced Subsidiary level and to full A Level providing further scope to specialise in areas of a Computing/Computer studies pathway for higher education to degree level. To achieve the Advanced Subsidiary Level you have to achieve 2 externally assessed mandatory units, the theory of the first underpinning the practical of the second. To achieve the A Level you have to achieve 2 externally assessed units and 1 internally assessed (externally moderated) project based unit.


Advanced Subsidiary Level

Component 1:
Fundamentals of Computer Science
The first unit Investigates computer architecture, communication, data representation, data structures, programs, algorithms, logic, programming methodologies and the impact of computer science on society.

Component 2:
Practical Programming to Solve Problems
This assessment 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 either Visual Basic.NET, Python or Java as a programming language.

A Level

Component 1: Programming and System Development
This component investigates programs, algorithms, logic, programming methodologies and the impact of computer science on society.

Component 2: Computer Architecture, Data, Communication and Applications
This component investigates computer architecture, communication, data representation, data structures, programs, algorithms and software applications. Broadly, Component 1 concentrates on Software and Component 2 on hardware although it is impossible to separate the two subjects.

Component 3: Programmed Solution to a Problem
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 (programming).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Maricourt Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 21 February 2017

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