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A Level Computing at Merchants’ Academy

Course description

Why should I choose Computing?

Have you ever wanted to control the world! To make something from nothing! Computing is a course which will bring you to the cutting edge of the digital world. You will have the opportunity to write programs to control robots, to make interactive webpages and to rewrite the digital world around us for your own bidding.

Not only is that but there also a shortage of capable programmers in the UK. Having computer science as a qualification opens up a lot of professions (see below) many of which are desperate for more qualified people.

Course content

The core of the computing curriculum is focused around developing a sound knowledge of high level software coding. You are required to design and develop a business application using industry standard software development tools such as and Java.

The course covers a wide range of topics including looking at the inner workings and parts of computer systems, comprehending data processing between critical components using a scientific approach and understanding the legislations pertaining to electronic systems and data processing.

You will also be offered the chance to take part in an international competition called student robotics, where teams design, build and program a robot to take part in a challenge.


Exams focus on both the academic knowledge learnt in lessons and programming. In AS the programs used in exams are pre released so students can look at them and appreciate how they work.

Unit 1. Problem Solving, Programming, Data Representation and Practical Exercises (60% of AS)

Unit 2. Computer Components, The Stored Program Concept and The Internet (40% of AS)

Unit 3. Problem Solving, Programming, Operating Systems, Databases and Networking (60% of A2)

Unit 4. The Computing Practical Project (Coursework - 40% of A2)

Future opportunities

Jobs directly related to computing:

• Games developer

• Multimedia programmer

• Systems developer

• Database administrator

• Information systems manager

• IT consultant

• Network engineer

• Systems analyst

Further information

Please direct your questions to any member of the IT department or see below for useful websites.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Merchants’ Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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    • Merchants’ Academy Sixth Form aims to provide students with knowledge, understanding and experiences that are essential for the successful transition from school to university, employment or further training. We know that this is a critical time for students and we are committed to ensuring that our Sixth Formers leave the Academy with skills that will prepare them for adult life.

      We understand that each student has their own ambitions and aspirations; we want to help make these achievable, by offering support, guidance and courses that will enable our students to leave the Academy with qualifications that are held in high regard by universities and employers.

      We also want our students to have the opportunity to try new activities, meet new people, test their skills and capabilities and learn how to lead. We therefore offer a wide variety of enrichment activities to appeal to the different interests of all our students. We hope that they will leave Merchants’ Academy with a unique set of memories, knowing they have gained more than their academic qualifications. This helps to ensure their CV and UCAS application will stand out from the crowd. This, alongside the excellent careers’ guidance and our supportive tutor system, will mean that they receive the individual support necessary for them to be successful in their future.

      We know that post 16 students are faced with choices and decisions which will change their futures and shape their lives.