AS Computing

A Level

In London

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Description

  • Typology

    A Level

  • Location

    London

  • Duration

    1 Year

Important information

Government funding available

Facilities

Location

Starts

London
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St Charles Square, W10 6EY

Starts

On request

To take into account

At least 5 GCSEs with a minimum C grade in both Mathematics and ICT.

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Course programme


AS Computing
Level: AS/A2

Awarding Body: AQA AS Level Syllabus No. 2510/A2 Level Syllabus No. 2510

Course Content:
Course Content (AS Year 12):
Module 01: Problem Solving, Programming, Data Representation & Practical Examination.
Module 02: The Computer Components, the Stored Program Concept and the Internet.
Course Content (A2 Year 13):
Module 03: Problem Solving, Programming, Operating Systems, Databases and Networking.
Module 04: The Practical Project: Analysis, Design, Construction, Testing, Training and Maintenance of a Programmed Solution.

Teaching Learning Methods:
Approximately half the time is spent gaining practical experience using the computers, mainly with the Visual Basic programming language, but also using MS-Access and other applications software. Other lessons cover the theory required for the course, and involve a mixture of note taking, discussion and question practice. This will work towards:

- Developing you problem solving ability in a computing context using an algorithmic approach.
- Allowing you to demonstrate your knowledge of programming through problem solving scenarios.
- Develop your understanding of the hardware and software aspects of Computing.

Assessment:
Module 01: 2 Hour 'On-Screen' Examination (60% of AS Mark, 30% of A2 Mark)
Module 02: 1 Hour 'Written' Examination (40% of AS Mark, 20% of A2 Mark)
Module 03: 2.5 Hour 'Written' Examination (60% of A2 Mark, 30% of A Level Mark)
Module 04: Internally Assessed Coursework (40% of A2 Mark, 20% of A Level Mark)
In addition for the formal assessment, you will under take a series of weekly tests; both practical as well as theoretical.

Skills & Commitment:
This course is designed for those learners who essential wish to pursue a career in a computing related area:

- Systems Architecture
- Programming
- Database Design and Development
- Network Management

It also requires learners to be highly motivated and independent in their thinking. As this is a practical subject, all learners must be prepared (in addition to class time) practice their programming skills in order to meet exam standards.

Cost:
Students will need to ensure they purchase high memory data storage disks, have access to a computer outside of college and purchase the core text book(s):
Understanding Computing for AQA AS (Ray Bradbury) £14.99
Understanding Computing for AQA A2 (Ray Bradbury) £14.99

Progression:
This course provides an excellent foundation for progression to a degree in Computer Science, or one of its branches, at University. There is also employment opportunities post 18, either full time as a trainee programmer or in an IT department, or as part of a "sandwich course" which combines a degree with a one year work placement. The best students can apply for computing apprenticeships at companies such as IBM and Microsoft.

AS Computing

Price on request