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AS/A2 Computing at Queen Elizabeth School

Course description

Ever felt insulted by ICT at GCSE? Ever felt frustrated at the lack of depth in the subject supposedly driving the “digital revolution”? Ever felt patronised by practical work that doesn’t push your skill levels? Then welcome to Computing - the subject to add substance to your Sixth Form life. Of course, you may be just completing your Computing GCSE. If so, you already have a fair idea about what’s involved. But for those who don’t know what it’s about, read on…

Straight-off, let’s clear-up the difference between ICT and Computing. Pretend computers are like cars. If you just want to become a better car driver or user, then do ICT. But if you’re more curious and want to lift your car’s bonnet to probe how it all works, do Computing.

But Computing isn’t just for techies. In fact the subject has totally changed in recent years – and that’s why Computing is looking to a new generation of students who realise that understanding how IT works, and how you can make it work is an important skill for the modern world. The students who study computing want to dig below the surface and find out, for example, how the Internet really works. Or find out how to use Python, the particular language we use to learn how to program.  Or get to know how music can be compressed so it fits on their iPod.

Now here’s the real deal with Computing. The good news is that we take a gradual approach. You don’t develop such advanced skills overnight so we give you good resources and time to practise. But the bad news is that this is no easy option. You need a bit of a ’maths brain’ for this so a ’B’ in GCSE maths is required. Don't think that lots of lessons spent on PC’s means lots of “doss” time—only opt for Computing if you’re up for it.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years