Curriculum

Computing

Computing

Computing

Introduction
Course Details
Careers and Higher Education

Introduction

The A Level Computer Science course is designed to appeal to students who are simply curious about the inner workings and applications of computers, as well as to those students who wish to pursue a career in Computing. The emphasis of the course is on the inner workings of a computer and the application of computers to solving realistic problems. The course aims to develop an understanding of the main principles of solving problems using computers.

Who Should Take This Course?

Is this subject right for me?

  • Do you enjoy solving puzzles and problems?
  • Do you have the patience to work at a problem until you can solve it?
  • Do you like maths?
  • Do you use your computer at home for more than just surfing the net?

If so, then this may be the course for you! This Computing course is designed to provide a progression route to higher education and further training for employment. The course fits in well with most other A Level choices and lead into a wide range of careers.

What are the Entry Requirements?

Along with the basic entry requirements to The Becket Sixth the Computer Science course requires the following:

  • An interest in the subject and a willingness to learn
  • A hard-working attitude including being prepared to work outside of lessons in order to practice the skills you have learnt in class
  • A B in GCSE Maths

You will not be expected to have studied a computing or ICT related course at GCSE in order to take the AS or the full A Level in Computing.

Course Details

Most students have never programmed a computer before so we teach you to program during the first year. The content of each module can be found below.

AS is 100% Exam. The two units are worth 50% each for AS.

Computing Principles

Candidates will learn:-

  • Characteristics of contemporary processors.
  • Software and Software Development
  • Exchanging Data
  • Data Types and Algorithms
  • Legal and Ethical Issues

Algorithms and problem solving

Candidates will learn:-

  • The principles of computational thinking
  • Problem solving and Programming
  • Algorithms

The A Level is 80% Exam and 20% Coursework.

Each exam unit is worth 40% each. 

Computing Systems (01)

Candidates will learn:-

  • Characteristics of contemporary processors.
  • Software and Software Development
  • Exchanging Data
  • Data Types and Algorithms
  • Legal and Ethical Issues

Algorithms and problem solving (02)

Candidates will learn:-

  • Elements of computational thinking
  • Problem solving and Programming
  • Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms.

Programming Project* 

Through coursework candidates cover the following parts in the production of their project:

  • Analysis of the problem
  • Design of the solution
  • Developing the solution
  • Evaluation

*The project choice is entirely driven by the candidate.

In the Computing project and Computing theory, candidates are expected to learn and make use of a high level programming language to a basic level. Whilst the candidates will be taught using one particular language, there is no restriction on the actual language used for the project that is undertaken.