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Computing A Level at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School

Course description

Computing is taught using a mixture of theory lectures and practical ‘hands on’ exercises. Whilst students are issued with a textbook, it is expected that students will read around the subject area, and perform independent research. Students have to produce coursework projects for assessment by examiners, which demonstrate their practical interpretation of their theoretical knowledge. Although time is allocated for coursework, it is expected that students will also do substantial work in their own time.

There are a number of set tests throughout the course to measure the students understanding, and prepare them for the final examinations. Homework is also set.

Course content

Year 12 content:

Computer Fundamentals Fundamentals Candidates gain an appreciation of computing fundamentals, including hardware, software, the presentation, structure and management of data, how data is transmitted and networked, the life cycle of systems development, the characteristics of information systems, and the implications of computer use.

Programming techniques and logical methods Candidates gain an appreciation of designing solutions to particular problems, how procedural programs are structured, the types of data and data structures, the common facilities of procedural languages, how to write maintainable programs, and how to test and run solutions.

Year 13 content: 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 manipulated, high level language programming paradigms, low level languages and how databases function.

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 reports covering these topics.

Entry requirements

An IT qualification is not required but evidence of interest and involvement in computing is expected. At least Grade B grade in Maths and Science is required in addition to normal entry requirements as this is a course which requires a good level of technical and logical thought.


Exams and coursework.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2015

Key information

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