LEVEL 3 Exmouth Community College Course Guide 2018
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Computing

A Level

Board: AQA


This subject builds knowledge and skill both academically and practically in a way that is commensurate with GCE advanced level studies.  A range of topics such as fundamentals of programming, computer organisation and architecture, theory of computation, communication and networking, databases and  problem solving are covered in depth.


It is assessed 40% by on screen practical exam,  40% traditional exam and 20% is through non exam project work.


Where does it lead?


In an increasingly digital world an increasing majority of organisations and business rely more and more on staff with computing skills. It is not surprising therefore that Computing can open doors in a way that that many other subjects do not.


Computing qualifications can lead towards specialism at University and,  increasingly, apprentice placement in a whole range of areas such as Science, Maths, Engineering, Education and Business.


Comments  from former students


"I have been accepted into University, and I am now on my way to being a Games Programmer. I will miss those computing lessons with all of us solving problems, I really enjoyed the lessons"


"I've started my career with an apprenticeship in web design, studying computing had definitely given me a head start compared to my colleagues who didn't."


“I am studying cyber security at University, and I don’t think it would be a realistic option without the experience I’ve gained in Computing.”

“In most subjects you don’t normally get to practice for real what you learn in class, being able to code at a high level means you do and I found this very exciting and powerful.”


“No doubt it can be a challenging subject but so rewarding once you can make computer work exactly the way you want it to.”



What qualifications do I need?


Standard college requirements:  5 GCSE’s grade 4

Subject specific requirements: Math and English Grade 4/5 OR GCSE Computing Grade 4 together with commitment to study with enthusiasm and commitment.



Contact: Mr Brown