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Computing AS/A2 Level at The Bulwell Academy

Course description


Students will study four units over the two years. In the first year students will cover two units – Computer Fundamentals and Programming Techniques and Logical Methods. The first year of study will lead to the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) GCE in Computing. In year two students will study Advanced Computing Theory and the Computing project. This will lead to the award of the Advanced GCE in Computing.

Course content


Unit 1 – Computer Fundamentals (Mandatory Unit)

50% of the total AS GCE marks. The unit is assessed by a 1.5h written paper. This is an introductory unit that allows the students to develop through knowledge and understanding of hardware, software and the systems life cycle. Students will also study the implication of computer use.

Unit 2 – Programming Techniques and Logical Methods (Mandatory Unit)

50% of the total AS GCE marks. The unit is assessed by a 1.5h written paper. This unit allows students to design solutions to a given problem. They will have to design a system to meet the user needs. Students will have to write maintainable programs in an object oriented programming language. Students will have to carry out detailed testing to ensure the solution works. They will sit an exam to justify how their portfolio meets the user needs.

Unit 3 – Advanced Computing Theory (Mandatory Unit)

30% of the A level marks. This will be assessed by a 2h written paper. This unit builds on the work studied in Year 1. Students will look at the functions of operating systems and translators. Time will be spent exploring high-level language programming paradigms and programming techniques. Students will then look at how databases can be used to store data from programs effectively.

Unit 4 – Computing Project (Mandatory Unit)

20% of the A level marks. This unit is 100% coursework and is internally assessed. The project is a substantial piece of work over an extended period of time. Students are given the chance to fully implement the systems life cycle. They will have to define a problem and show evidence of investigation and analysis. Students will then undertake software development and testing before producing their user documentation and written report about the project.



Entry requirements


Entry on to this course will require you to achieve 5 GCSEs including a grade B or above in Maths, English and Distinction in ICT. You must have a passion for ICT to take the course.


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Future opportunities


Progression to higher education – ability to study degrees in, Information Technology, Information Management and Business Studies, Information Management and Web Development and Graphic design.

Careers such as computer programming, mathematical based careers, teaching & lecturing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bulwell Academy directly.

Last updated date: 12 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years