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Computing at Attleborough Academy Norfolk

Course description

The department teaches the AQA speciļ¬cation. This course is not about learning to use tools or just training in a programming language. Instead the emphasis is on computational thinking. Computational thinking is a kind of reasoning used by both humans and machines. Thinking computationally means using abstraction and decomposition. The study of computation is about what can be computed and how to compute it. Computer Science involves questions that have the potential to change how we view the world. For example, we may be computing with DNA at some stage in the future, with computer circuits made of genes.

AS Level Units

Unit 1 is a practical, on-screen, examination which allows candidates to demonstrate their knowledge of the fundamental principles of the subject, focusing on programming through a problem-solving scenario using pre-release material.

Unit 2 focuses on the hardware and software aspects of Computing and the social and economic consequences of Computing.

A2 Level Units

Unit 3 focusing on computational thinking, what can be computed, programming and problem-solving including communication and networking.

Unit 4 is an internally assessed unit, with candidates required to complete a report on a computer-based programmed solution to a problem-solving exercise of their choice.

Entry requirements

To study this course, in addition to the general entry requirements, you should have gained at least a grade C in Maths and ICT (if you took the subject at GCSE), or equivalent.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Attleborough Academy Norfolk directly.

Last updated date: 04 June 2014

Key information

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

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