A Level Computing

In Solihull

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  • Typology

    A Level

  • Location

    Solihull

  • Duration

    2 Years

Description

A theoretical study of the approaches used by programmers and hardware designers to create computer systems to solve everyday problems. We use a variety of teaching methods including problem solving in small groups, teacher presentations to the class, student presentations, individual work on exam questions and practical worksheets on programming and other software.

Important information

Government funding available

Facilities

Location

Starts

Solihull (West Midlands)
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Widney Manor Road, B91 3WR

Starts

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To take into account

Grade C at GCSE Maths (Higher Tier) is essential, preferably Grade B. If you have taken an IT course at GCSE you must have achieved at least a grade C. If GCSE Maths is a grade C you will be required to follow an additional maths course.

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What you'll learn on the course

  • Problem Solving
  • Computing
  • Teaching
  • systems
  • Programming
  • Teaching Methods
  • Computer virus
  • Computer Repair
  • Computer research
  • Computer Security
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Engineering

Course programme


Computing
Overview
A theoretical study of the approaches used by programmers and hardware designers to create computer systems to solve everyday problems. We use a variety of teaching methods including problem solving in small groups, teacher presentations to the class, student presentations, individual work on exam questions and practical worksheets on programming and other software.

Course Outline
AS Level
  • Unit 1: Computer Fundamentals - this includes
    · a study of hardware
    · a study of software
    · Data - presentation, structure and management
    · Data transmission and networking
    · Systems development life cycle
    · Characteristics of information systems
    · Implications of computer use
  • Unit 2: Programming Techniques and Logical Methods - this includes:
    · Designing solutions to problems
    · The structure of procedural programs
    · Data types and data structures
    · Common facilities of procedural languages
    · Writing maintainable programs
    · Testing and running a solution
A2 Level
  • Unit 3: Advanced Computer Theory - this includes:
    · The function of operating systems
    · The function and purpose of translators
    · Computer architectures
    · Data representation
    · Data structures and data manipulation
    · High-level language programming paradigms
    · Programming techniques
    · Low-level languages
    · Databases
  • Unit 4: Computing Project - this includes:
    · Definition, investigation and analysis
    · Design
    · Software development and testing
    · Documentation
    · Evaluation
    · The written report


Assessment
Coursework (0% at AS; 20% at A2)
Examination (100% at AS; 80% at A2)
Examining Board - OCR.

Prohibited Options
None.

Career and Progression Opportunities
Many universities class Computing as a science A level for entry purposes. It is a good base for several degrees such as Engineering as well as specialist computing degrees. Some universities require a good grade in a Mathematical A level in order to progress onto their Computing courses.

Other Information
None.

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