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Computing at Framwellgate School

Course description

Why Study Computing?

Computing is a subject that will help you to progress in a number of ways. Firstly it is a step towards a career in an exciting, expanding, evolving and well rewarded field which is at the cutting edge of science and society.

Computing careers can be many and varied with many fields of research being open to you. So many areas of global society and workplaces now rely on computing specialists. You may decide to specialise in areas like national security, medical work, commerce and finance, robotics and artificial intelligence, entertainment and gaming, creative arts, education and many other areas.

Secondly, the discipline of computing will help you to develop and expand your logic and thinking skills when faced with problems that you have to design a solution for. These skills are transferable into any number of different areas of research and employment opportunities.

Students studying computing will be equipped with a diverse range of skills such as; software and hardware engineering, systems analysis and design, planning and project management, creative and critical thinking, logic and problem solving and business and commerce. All of these are transferable skills that will be required in other subjects and enhance employment prospects.

The skills developed in computing also lend themselves to other subjects and are transferable to many fields including Maths and Science. In addition, this qualification is not offered in many schools in our area and so will help your job or university application or CV to stand out from the crowd.

Features of the Course - Students will develop:

  •  The capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.
  • An understanding of the organisation of computer systems.
  • The ability to apply skills, knowledge and understanding of computing, including programming, in a range of contexts to solve problems.
  • The capacity to see relationships between different aspects of the subject
  • An understanding of the consequences of using computers, an awareness of emerging technologies and an appreciation of their potential impact on society.


Modules covered in Year 12:

Unit 1: Computer Fundamentals

Unit 2: Programming Techniques and Logical Methods

Assessment in Year 12:

Examinations: Unit 1: 1.5hr exam

Coursework: None


Modules covered in Year 13:

Unit 3: Advanced Computing Theory

Unit 4: Computing Project

Assessment in Year 13:

Examinations: Unit 3: 2hr exam

Coursework: Unit 4: Computing project

Entry requirements

In order to enrol on sixth form courses, applicants will need to have achieved:

  • 5 A* to C Grades in separate subjects and in addition
  • A Grade B in GCSE Computing, though students who can demonstrate an aptitude for the subject through a portfolio of Programming/computing work will be considered at the discretion of the Director.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September