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Computing A Level at Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys

Course description

There is currently a massive skills shortage in the digital arts and creative industries as students are not leaving school with the fundamental understanding of how computers work or how to program.

This course will equip students with the understanding and the practical skills desired by Universities and employers to create their own program using Computational Thinking, problem solving, designing systems and understanding the power and limits of human and machine intelligence.

Course content

AS Level - H046: 

Computing principles

  • The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices, software and software development, programming, exchanging data, data types, data structures and algorithms, legal, moral ethical and cultural isues.

Algorithms and problem solving

  • Elements of computational thinking, problem solving and programming, and algorithms

A2 Level - H446:

Computer Systerms

  • The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices, software and software development, programming, exchanging data, data types, data structures and algorithms, legal, moral ethical and cultural isues.

Algorithms and problem solving

  • Elements of computational thinking, problem solving and programming, and algorithms.

Project

  • Candidates will choose a computing problem, gain an understanding of definition, investigation and analysis, system design, software development and testing, documentation, evaluation and how to produce written reports covering these topics

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE Computing, Maths and English.

Assessment

  • AS Level: 100% Examination (2 exams - 1 hour and 15 minutes)
  • A2 Level: 60% Examinations, 40% Coursework. (2 exams - 2 hour and 30 minutes)

Future opportunities

Programmer, special effects, games developer, image manipulation, ICT consultant, Teacher, software developer, 3D technology development, App developer, TV production, software engineer, technician, website developer, and many more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 08 June 2016
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