Level 3 AS/A2 Computing
A Level Computing is a fascinating and intellectually challenging subject. The need for expert computer programmers today is recognised as one of the key drivers in encouraging growth in the economy. AS/A Level Computing offers the opportunity for you to learn how to control the machine rather than simply using it, combining programming skills with academic theory. You will study a range of topics to meet the demands of a future working with the latest technology in a variety of settings. The skills that are developed over the length of the course will enable you to develop solutions to computing problems faced in the world of work.
At AS level you will gain an appreciation of computing fundamentals, including the presentation, structure and management of data and programming techniques, as well as logical methods which will enable you to design solutions to particular problems. At A Level you will gain understanding of the function of operating systems, how computer architectures are structured, as well as how data is represented, structured and manipulated. Through coursework you will gain an understanding of problem solving. Stages in the project comprise definition, investigation and analysis, system design, software development and testing, documentation, evaluation and how to produce written reports explaining the development of the project.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
At AS Level you will study two units, CG1 and CG2. CG1 is assessed through a written paper out of 100 marks. This is a written paper of one section, presented in a question-and-answer booklet format. CG2 is an internal assessment/task marked out of 100. In this you will analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate a solution to a given problem requiring the production of original programming code.
At A2 you will study a further two units, CG3 and CG4. CG3 is assessed through a written paper out of 100 marks. For CG4 you will be internally assessed out of 100 marks. This will involve you completing a project in which you analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate a solution to a substantial problem of your own choice, requiring the production of original programming code. You will be given an extended period of time within the second year to complete your project.
Standard entry requirements for level 3 courses apply, plus there is an expectation you will have a grade C in GCSE Maths. In all cases individual circumstances will be taken into consideration. Many subjects complement Computing, particularly Graphics, Mathematics and Physics.
Students completing the course progress to a variety of higher education courses including Computing, Computer Studies and Computer Science degrees. Students studying A Level Computing are extremely well prepared for degree courses at university as they have developed into students with extremely good project development skills. Indeed some of our past Computing students have secured employment with banks, internet service providers and telecommunications companies.
Course Information Level 3 AS/A2 Computing