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Computing AS/A2 at Lawrence Sheriff School

Course description

Course overview
The course is not about learning to use tools or just
training in a specific programming language. There
is an emphasis on abstract thinking, general problem
solving, algorithmic and mathematical reasoning.

Course content

You can expect to:

Engage in problem solving, write and use algorithms.

• Learn to write and test programs.

• Learn about hardware and software, networks and the


• Understand the ways in which data is represented in a

computer system.

• Understand the ethical and legal constraints when

using computer systems.

• Use relational databases.

• Understand the system development lifecycle and the

needs of a real end user.


Entry requirements

B grade in either Maths or Science.

Evidence of an interest in computer programming and

problem solving.



AS Level

1 1/2 hour on-screen exam – 50% of AS.

1 1/2 hour written paper – 50% of AS.

A Level

2 1/2 hour on-screen exam – 40% of A Level.

2 1/2 hour written paper – 40% of A Level.

Non-exam assessment – 20% of A Level.

Future opportunities

Where does it lead?
Computing is suitable for students wishing to follow a
career in a range of science based subjects, including
Computer Science and Engineering. It is also suitable for
a future in business, Medicine or Law.



Further information

Other useful information

Text books used are yet to be confirmed. Online

resources are also used throughout the course.

Installation of the free VBExpress language on a home

computer is essential.

Students’ views …

“The A Level contained a good mix of coursework and

theory that covered all basic knowledge and in some

cases stretched us to learn very important topics in the

study of Computing.”

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lawrence Sheriff School directly.

Last updated date: 17 November 2015
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