Computing AS/A2 at Lawrence Sheriff School
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.
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
• 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.
B grade in either Maths or Science.
Evidence of an interest in computer programming and
1 1/2 hour on-screen exam – 50% of AS.
1 1/2 hour written paper – 50% of AS.
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.
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.
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.