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Computing AS/A2 Level at Northampton School for Boys

Course description

You will study programming techniques, computer functions and the range of hardware and software currently available. There is a strong emphasis on logical problem solving and students will be expected to become confident with computer programming and undertake the development of their own software programs using a modern programming language along with the mathematical understanding of how information is represented and manipulated in a computer system.

Entry requirements

Along with the School’s minimum requirements, you will need a minimum grade B in GCSE Mathematics and a B in GCSE English.  If you have studied ICT at GCSE you will be expected to have attained a grade B.


There are termly assessments and internal examinations throughout the course.

There are two written exam papers: ‘Computer systems’ and ‘algorithms and programming’, along with a substantial programming project. Students are expected to analyse a real problem of their own choosing involving an organization or third-party user and devise a computer system to make it more efficient. 

Teachers will give guidance on suitable projects. Each exam is 40% of the total grade with the project contributing 20%

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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Key information

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