AS / A2 Computing
This subject is ideal for the scientific or mathematically minded student. it requires an enquiring analytical mind and an interest in problem solving. Students should be confident mathematicians as the concepts and programming suit a logical mind.
You will learn:
- Number systems
- How data is encoded and communicated
- Programming fundamentals using the programming languages Pascal and Delphi.
- How computers are networked
- The methodologies employed to transmit, receive and then store data.
At A2 you will build on the knowledge gained in year 1. You will learn:
- How the processor handles, processes, then outputs the data as useful information and the role of the operating system in facilitating this.
- How systems are developed
- How problems are handled and broken down into manageable processes
- How the life cycle of the design process is developed, implemented, tested and evaluated.
Three of the modules are examined through written answers in formal examinations/and or practical tasks carried out under examination conditions. You will require good written communication and sound mathematical skills and the ability to think logically, select relevant information and interpret evidence. A major focus of the second year is a large practical project in which you will demonstrate your ability to produce a solution to real-world problem.
Students combine this subject with others in the sciences and mathematics where similar skills are developed and required.
Good mathematical and English language skills are a necessity along with a keen interest in programming languages and the logic of computing.
The Next Step
This is an ideal grounding for a Computer Science degree, this subject is accepted by all British Universities as an academic subject. Industry, business, education and many of the professions are now demanding good Computer Science graduates at both technical and management levels. Take this subject at A level and you could go on in the field of computing or use the A Level as a support for your other subjects to gain entry into other higher education options across a full range of subject areas.