Computing is a rapidly changing technology so there are always new skills to learn and applications to experience. You’ll use the industry’s leading software and hardware to lay the foundations for your future on this enjoyable course.
What will I study?
This is a practical course with an emphasis on developing the skills that universities or employers need such as teamwork, problem solving and communication. Throughout the course you will cover the essential background of computer hardware, input, storage, retrieval and output techniques along with systems development techniques. You will also cover other topics such as problem solving, logic gates and some elementary Boolean Algebra. Software design and development skills are taught in a high level language. Ultimately you should be able to develop and generate your own applications software. Among the topics you will study are problem solving, programming, operating systems, databases and networking. There is also a computing practical project (worth 20% of the marks) which is a ‘free choice’ project where students solve a real world problem using a high level programming language. The course emphasis is on computational thinking – a kind of reasoning used by both humans and machines.
You will have the opportunity to join the computing club so you can enjoy aspects of computing beyond the A Level syllabus.
Where might it lead?
Many computing students go on to study Computer Science or similar subjects in Higher Education. But a successful computing student will have gained a broad range of transferable skills considered valuable to universities and employers.