Computing demands both logical discipline and imaginative creativity in the selection and design of algorithms and the writing, testing and debugging of programs; it relies on an understanding of the rules of language at a simple level; it encourages an awareness of the management and organisation of computer systems; it extends the students' horizons beyond the school or college environment in the appreciation of the effects of computer applications on society and individuals.
What grades do I need at GCSE to study this course?
Pupils should achieve Grade 7 or above in Computer Science and/or Grade 7 or above in Mathematics.
Expectations of students
Students will be expected to work hard, attend all lessons in time, be dedicated and be able to practice outside of lesson. It would be useful for students to read weekly magazines and online publications in and around the technological world today keeping up to date with latest advances.
This course is natural progression from GCSE computing. Students will develop, general problem solving skills, algorithmic and mathematical reasoning, scientific and engineering-based thinking.
This specification has been designed for students who wish to go on to higher education courses or employment where knowledge of Computing would be beneficial. Students can study Computing and go on to a career in Engineering, Medicine, Law, Business, Politics or any type of Science.
It is a very good preparation for degree/diploma courses in higher education/university where computing is a major component.
Exam Board: AQA