Students with prior knowledge of ICT at GCSE level will be able to apply and extend their existing skills. Those new to the subject will quickly learn to use common software packages.
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Students with prior knowledge of ICT at GCSE level will be able to apply and extend their existing skills. Those new to the subject will quickly learn to use common software packages.Students are taught programming, using the Visual Basic programming language - the ability to think logically is essential.Students will carry out individual and group exercises, discuss, research and take notes, and complete written and practical assignments.
AS units (Year 1)
Unit CG1 - Written paper
This unit is about acquiring knowledge and understanding of software, system development, data and applications. Topics include the place and range of hardware devices, how files are organised, analysis of problems and designing of algorithms, and a look at how our world has been shaped by the prevalence of computer technology. There is a 3 hour written paper to be taken in the summer, and the unit accounts for 65% of the AS, or 32.5% of the full A Level.
Unit CG2 - Computing task
Students will be able to apply and extend their programming knowledge in this unit, since they will be designing and implementing a computer-based solution for a given scenario. This coursework unit contributes 35% towards the AS or 17.5% of the full A Level.
A2 units (Year 2)
Unit CG3 - Written paper
Here you will extend and amplify the topics covered in CG1, with a more detailed look at many advanced topics such as how computers communicate with each other, and what happens to a program before it is run. There is a 3 hour written paper to be taken in the summer, and as before, this unit accounts for 65% of the A2, or 32.5% of the full A Level.
Unit CG4 - Computing project
For this coursework unit you will choose a problem that is of interest to you, and design and implement a programmed solution. Projects that have been completed in the past include a system to teach and test first aid, a system for storing, searching and analysing songs, and a billing system for a builder. This unit contributes 35% towards the A2 or 17.5% of the full A Level.Computing complements most subject combinations, but should not be taken alongside Applied ICT.Students who study Physics and Mathematics tend to enjoy the logical, analytical side of the course, while those who lean more towards business or languages benefit from the broad spectrum of skills that are developed.Many of our students have gone on to study aspects of computing at university, while others have gone straight into employment equipped with valuable practical skills.
A - E grade: 97%
Highlights: 17% of learners achieved an'A' grade, well above the national figure.
Examination Board WJEC