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Computing AS/A2 Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Millfield School

Course description

A level Computing pupils learn logical reasoning,

algorithmic thinking, system design and structured

problem solving, all concepts and skills that are

valuable well beyond the computing classroom.

You will gain awareness of the resources required to

implement and deploy a solution and how to deal

with real world and business constraints. These skills

are applicable in many contexts, from science and

engineering to the humanities and business, and

have already led to deeper understanding in many

areas. Computer simulations are essential to the

discovery and understanding of the fundamental

rules that govern a wide variety of systems from

how ants gather food to how stock markets behave.

Computing is also one of the leading disciplines

helping us understand how the human mind works,

one of the great intellectual questions of all time.

Course content

Unit 1 focuses on problem solving using the

fundamental principles of computation, abstraction

and automation. This is a practical unit and is

assessed by an on-screen examination which allows

candidates to demonstrate their knowledge of

fundamental principles, focusing on programming

through a board set problem-solving scenario.

 

In Unit 2 candidates study the fundamentals

of computers and how they work, covering the

structure of the internet and how computers

communicate using it. The social, economic and

moral consequences of computing are also

considered.

 

Unit 3 focuses on computational thinking, looking

at what can be computed, programming and

problem-solving including communication and

networking, operating systems and database

concepts.

 

Unit 4 is a pupil led project with candidates being

required to complete a report on a computer-based

programmed solution to a real-life problem of their

choice. This can be for a business or organisation.

 

Entry requirements

A grade B in GCSE Mathematics is essential.

 

Assessment

Exams for all 4 units.

Financial information

ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be
 payable before submitting your application.

Future opportunities

A level Computing is very well regarded by

universities everywhere. Although it is possible to

study Computing at university without an A level

in the subject, it is increasingly hard to do so.

 

There is an enormous skills shortage in this country

and overseas in the computing industry and the vast

majority of careers in the twenty-first century will

require an understanding of computing.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 May 2015
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Key information

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

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      ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.