Computing A Level at Eaton Bank Academy
Non-examined assessment (coursework) : 20% of A Level
The course is not about learning to use tools or just training in a programming language. Instea dthe emphasis is on computational thinking. Computational thinking is a kind of reasoning used by both humans and machines. Thinking computationally is an important
life skill. 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. This leads to the question, does the natural world ‘compute’?
Computation is a “lens” through which we can understand the natural world, and the nature of thought itself, in a new way. Computing / Computer Science is about designing new algorithms to solve new problems. In this sense Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes. Many great challenges lie in the future for Computer Scientists to solve. This course, with its emphasis on abstract thinking, general problem-solving, algorithmic and mathematical reasoning, scientific and engineering-based thinking, is a good foundation for understanding these future challenges and will enable learners to develop lots of transferable skills.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Eaton Bank Academy directly.