What will I do on this course?
1. Computing Principles
This component will be a traditionally marked and structured question paper with a mix of question types: short-answer, longer-answer, and levels of response mark-scheme-type questions. It will cover the characteristics of contemporary systems architecture and other areas including the following:
- Data types, data structures and algorithms
- The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
- Exchanging data
- Legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues
- Software and software development
2. Algorithms & Problem solving
This component will be a traditionally marked and structured question paper and will include a mix of question types: short-answer, longer-answer, and levels of response mark-scheme-type questions. There'll be a short scenario/task contained in the paper, which could be an algorithm or a text page-based task, which will involve problem solving. Other areas covered include the following:
- Problem solving and programming
- Elements of computational thinking
Who is it for?
This course is part of a full time A Level programme of 4 different subjects and will appeal to Year 11 students who wish to study computing in more depth and those considering a career in this area.
What could I do next?
Many students go on to study computing-related subjects at university including Computer Science, Computer and Business Studies and Forensic Computing. An A Level qualification in computing is also a valuable qualification when applying for a wide range of jobs.
You will need an interview for this course