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AS Level: ICT at King Edward VII Science and Sport College, Coalville

Course description

Computing has both theory and practical aspects and to do well you will be expected to cover both parts equally well. The AS/A2 course comprises of four units. Units 1 and 2 are the AS units, units 3 and 4 are A2:

Unit 1 “Problem Solving, Programming, Data Representation and Practical Exercise”
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 “Computer Components, The Stored Program Concept and The Internet”

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

Unit 3 “Problem Solving, Programming, Operating Systems, Databases and Networking”

This module builds on the AS focusing on computational thinking, what can be computed, programming and problem-solving including communication and networking.

Unit 4 “Coursework project”

This module provides candidates with the opportunity to complete a project involving the production of an 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

Minimum of 5 GCSE grades at A* - C, across at least 4 different subjects, including English and Maths. Or BTEC First Diploma at Merit plus 3 GCSE grades A*-C or BTEC First Certificate at Merit plus 3 GCSE grades A*-C or DiDa at Merit plus 3 GCSE grades A*-C


 Both AS units are assessed at the end of year 12.

Unit 1 is an On-screen examination in which students are provided with Preliminary Material, the Skeleton Program (in each of the available programming languages) and, if appropriate, test data for use in the examination.  Students will use the examination materials to answer short questions and to write a program in an Electronic Answer Document.

Unit 2 is a written examination comprising of short answers.

Unit 3 is a written examination comprising of short and extended answers.

Unit 4 is a major project with a written report which is marked by your teacher and then submitted for moderation to the examination board.


Future opportunities

 This course has been designed for students who wish to go on to higher education courses or employment where knowledge of Computing would be beneficial. One can study Computing and go on to a career in medicine, law, business, politics or any type of science. AS/A2 Computing is recognised as a full level 3 course and carries the appropriate points for higher education applications. Students that take Computing can move into more specialist areas such as Computing, Programming, Network development, Internet development etc. Equally students can use their A level Computing skills to support progression into other courses such as Business & Media studies, Mathematics, Science and Design Subjects.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VII Science and Sport College, Coalville directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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