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Computing AS level at The Becket School

Course description

The A Level Computer Science course is designed to appeal to students who are simply curious about the inner workings and applications of computers, as well as to those students who wish to pursue a career in Computing. The emphasis of the course is on the inner workings of a computer and the application of computers to solving realistic problems. The course aims to develop an understanding of the main principles of solving problems using computers.

Who Should Take This Course?

Is this subject right for me?

  • Do you enjoy solving puzzles and problems?
  • Do you have the patience to work at a problem until you can solve it?
  • Do you like maths?
  • Do you use your computer at home for more than just surfing the net?

If so, then this may be the course for you! This Computing course is designed to provide a progression route to higher education and further training for employment. The course fits in well with most other A Level choices and lead into a wide range of careers.

Course content

AS is 100% Exam. The two units are worth 50% each for AS.

Computing Principles

Candidates will learn:-

  • Characteristics of contemporary processors.
  • Software and Software Development
  • Exchanging Data
  • Data Types and Algorithms
  • Legal and Ethical Issues

Algorithms and problem solving

Candidates will learn:-

  • The principles of computational thinking
  • Problem solving and Programming
  • Algorithms

Entry requirements

  • An interest in the subject and a willingness to learn
  • A hard-working attitude including being prepared to work outside of lessons in order to practice the skills you have learnt in class
  • A B in GCSE Maths

You will not be expected to have studied a computing or ICT related course at GCSE in order to take the AS or the full A Level in Computing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Becket School directly.

Last updated date: 07 October 2016

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