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Computing A Level at Burlington Danes Academy

Course description

H046-1: Computing Principles

H046-2: Algorithms and problem solving 

Course content

Unit H046-1: Computer Fundamentals

• Hardware

• Software

• Data: its presentation, structure and management

• Data transmission and networking

• Systems development life cycle

• Characteristics of information systems

• Implications of computer use

Unit H046-2: Programming

Elements of computational thinking Techniques and Logical Methods

• Designing solutions to problems

• The structure of procedural programs

• Data types and data structures

• Common facilities of procedural languages

• Writing maintainable programs

• Testing and running a solution

Entry requirements

  • ·At least 6 A*-B grades at GCSE including English and Maths (grades 5 and above).
  • · Students on this pathway will take 3 A' levels, studying linear courses for 2 years.
  • · Students need to achieve at least a B at GCSE in their chosen A' Level subjects, or closely related subjects (e.g. English and Science grades are used for Psychology entry. See subject-specific entry requirements)
  •  · Minimum of 4 B grades required not including BTEC or vocational equivalents

Key skills required to complete this course 

• The capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically;

• An understanding of the organisation of computer systems, including software, hardware, data, communications and people;

• The ability to apply skills, knowledge and understanding of computing, including programming, in a range of contexts to solve problems;

• Skills in project and time management;

• The capacity to see relationships between different aspects of the subject, and perceive their field of study in a broader perspective;

• An understanding of the consequences of using computers, including social, legal, ethical and other issues;

• An awareness of emerging technologies and an appreciation of their potential impact on society.


50% H046-1: Computer Fundamentals

50% H046-2: Algorithms and problem solving 

Future opportunities

University Courses:

BSc Computing or Computer Science or any combination of Computing and associated subject


Computing is an essential element in most businesses aerospace engineering and investment banking to name but a few.

Further information

Key tips for success


  • · 100% attendance (or as near to it as possible)
  •  · Punctuality in arriving to every lesson
  • · Punctuality in completing every piece of work
  •  · Attending to work missed as a matter of priority
  • · Seeking help (personally or by e-mail) at the earliest opportunity
  • · Reviewing work after each lesson – completing notes, addressing queries
  •  · Organising your notes to ensure understanding of all topics covered
  •  · Background reading – not just using the text book provided
  • · 100% effort in class – make a contribution, be focused
  • · Maintain a POSITIVE ATTITUDE 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Burlington Danes Academy directly.

Last updated date: 01 December 2016
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