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Computing A Level at Carmel College, a Catholic Academy

Course description

Computer Science is concerned with the way that computers are built and programmed to do the job that is required of them. The main topics that will be covered are:

Computing principles

  • Operating systems
  • Introduction to programming
  • Data types, structures and algorithms
  • Exchanging data and web technologies
  • Using Boolean algebra
  • Legal and ethical issues.

Algorithms and Problem solving

  • Elements of computational thinking
  • Programming techniques
  • Software development methodologies
  • Algorithms
  • Standard algorithms

Computer systems

  • Software and its development
  • Types of programming languages
  • Data types, representation and structures
  • Exchanging data and web technologies
  • Following algorithms
  • Using Boolean algebra
  • Legal, moral and ethical issues.

Algorithms and Programming

  • Elements of computational thinking
  • Programming and problem solving
  • Pattern recognition, abstraction and decomposition
  • Algorithm design and efficiency
  • Standard algorithms

For each of the units that you study you will be asked to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of a particular point of interest concerning the way that computers work and are programmed.

You will need to be able to explain a range of ideas so that you will be fully prepared for the exams that you will take. You will also learn to program a computer to do the things that you want it to.


On your way through the course your work will be assessed by your class teacher.

Final assessment will generally be by examination; it will be sat in an exam hall and traditionally marked by being sent off to the exam board.

In most cases it will be a structured question paper which will include a mix of question types: shortanswer, longer-answer, and levels of response markscheme-type questions.

There could also be a task/scenario in the exam paper that could/will involve some problem solving.

In addition, the programming project will be assessed internally as coursework which will be moderated by the exam board.

Future opportunities

The Russell Group say that Computing / Computer Science is a 'Useful AL Qualification' for:

  • Biochemistry,
  • Biology,
  • Chemical Engineering,
  • Chemistry,
  • Civil Engineering,
  • Computing / Computer Science,
  • Economics,
  • Electronic Engineering,
  • Engineering (General),
  • Geology / Earth Sciences,  
  • Materials Science (including Biomedical Materials Science),
  • Mathematics,
  • Mechanical Engineering,
  • Medicine,
  • Optometry (Opthalmic Optics),
  • Orthoptics,
  • Pharmacy,
  • Physics,
  • Psychology,
  • Sociology,
  • Teacher Training

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Carmel College, a Catholic Academy directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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