What is the course about?
Computing is an exciting course that gives you a strong understanding of how computers work and how to write your own programs. It focuses on problem-solving, mathematical reasoning; and engineering based thinking, it is a good foundation for understanding future challenges in this fast moving technological world. The Computing & ICT department at
Leyton Sixth Form College prides itself on the excellent teaching that you will be receiving. The facilities and resources are second to none and will help you achieve your full potential.
There is a clear distinction between ICT and Computing. The two courses have been written to avoid any overlap of content. Computing is about designing new algorithms to solve new problems. This course covers the technical side of Computing including ‘Programming' and ‘Computer Architecture'.
Exam board: AQA.
Duration of course: Linear - 2 years for a full A level
What units/topics will be studied?
Some topics that you will cover include: Fundamentals of programming, algorithms, computer systems, databases, functional programming and much more.
Although there is no formal examination at the end of the first year but two MOCK exams will be given to you covering the contents of Paper1 and Paper2.
The full A level can be studied over two years and assessment is in the form of three components, two papers and one coursework. Paper1 is assessed by an on-screen exam (2 hour 30 minutes) and Paper2 is assessed by a written exam (2 hour 30 minutes). The coursework element is worth 20% and is non-exam assessment but will assess your ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve and investigate a practical problem.
What do I need to study this subject?
You do not need to have done any ICT or Computing qualifications before to join this course. You need to meet the college entry requirement for an A-level programme plus a minimum of ‘B’ in Maths GCSE or equivalent. Students will also be considered if they achieved a ‘C’ in Maths GCSE and ‘C’ or higher in Computer Science GCSE.
What can I do to prepare myself to study this subject?
The best thing you could do to prepare yourself well for this subject is to focus on your GCSE Maths or Computer Science (if applicable). This will develop your problem-solving skills, which will be invaluable when you start this course. In addition, you could start exploring HTML programming and we recommend using www.w3schools.com as your main resource.
Where can this lead me?
One can study Computing and go onto a career in medicine, law, business, politics or any type of science.
However, if you decide to do a Computing related degree then this A-level will be extremely useful. Some universities demand Maths A-level as one of their requirements to do a Computer Science degree.
(please check university website for more information)
What are the enrichment opportunities as part of this subject?
You will be part of the Computing & ICT department, which is very active in organising enrichment activities.
The department organises various enrichment activities throughout the year such as University trips, Technology trips to various industries within the country and abroad.
Examples include: New York trip, ICT Live Conference – Paris, Microsoft – Think Computer Science, Visit to Land Rover, Thorpe Park with ICT seminar, The Gadget Show Live, Apple Store Workshop and much more.
Entry Requirements B/6 - Maths (No IT qualification required)