AS / A2 Computing
During Year 12 you will spend a great deal of time learning how to program. Delphi will be used to program using console, event based and objectoriented mode. You will learn HTML and use cascading style sheets to format a web-site.
Functional programming will be examined and used. Alongside this practical work will be theory. This will include topics such as data structures which will include arrays, stacks and queues, graphs and trees, hash tables and dictionaries and vectors. You will also learn different sort and search algorithms. You will put this theory into practice via programming. March will see you getting the opportunity to work with a real client to analyse, design, implement, test and review a system that you have agreed to build for them. This major project will continue into Year 13.
In Year 13 there will be a lot more theory compared to Year 12. You will learn about computational thinking, data representation, the fundamentals of computer systems and computer organisation/architecture, networking and the consequences of uses of computing. You will finalise your major project early in the year and then work on a skeleton program provided by the examination board on which you will be examined.
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 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.
There are two examination papers that you sit at the end of Year 13. Paper 1 is an on screen exam where you will be expected to answer theory questions and carry out programming on the skeleton program. Paper 2 is a written examination that is purely theory. There is also two examination papers that you sit at the end of Year 13. Paper 1 is an on screen exam where you will be expected to answer theory questions and carry out programming on the skeleton program. Paper 2 is a written examination that is purely theory. There is also the non-examined assessment ie your major project which is marked by your teacher and then confirmed by the examination board.
Paper 1 makes up 40% of your A level Paper 2 makes up 40% of your A level The non-examined assessment if worth 20% of your A level
You will require good written communication, sound mathematical skills and the ability to think logically, select relevant information and interpret evidence.