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Computing AS/A2 at Magdalen College School

Course description

This is a stand-alone qualification that comprises of 2 units at AS and 2 units at A2. SPECIFICATIONS: AIMS OF THE COURSE: The aims of these specifications are to encourage candidates to develop: • the capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically; • an understanding of the organisation of computer systems, including software, hardware, data, communications and people; • the ability to apply skills, knowledge and understanding of computing, including programming, in a range of contexts to solve problems; • skills in project and time management; • the capacity to see relationships between different aspects of the subject, and perceive their field of study in a broader perspective; • an understanding of the consequences of using computers, including social, legal, ethical and other issues; • an awareness of emerging technologies and an appreciation of their potential impact on society.

Course content

Summary of Units:

AS Units: Computer Fundamentals

Programming Techniques and Logical Methods

A2 Units : Advanced Computer Theory

Computing Project

Entry requirements

Students applying for this course will have to have a basic knowledge of both hardware and software of a computer system as well as GCSE B or above in Maths, English grade C and ICT grade C.

Future opportunities

Career Opportunities

It is envisaged that students will utilise the skills and knowledge of computing in one of three ways. Firstly, to provide a general understanding of the use of computer technology and systems, which will inform their decisions and support their participation in an increasingly technologically dependent society. Secondly, to provide the necessary skills and knowledge to seek employment in areas that utilise computing, where they may develop their skills and knowledge further through practical experience and training. Thirdly, students may choose to continue to develop their knowledge and understand of computing through entry to higher education, where this qualification will provide a useful foundation for further study of computing or more specialist aspects of computing.

For further information please contact Miss Crisp

Further information

Suitable Combinations

Courses such as Maths and Physics would complement the content of this course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Magdalen College School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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