Computing

Why study Computing?

Did you know that Sir Tim Berners-Lee was the inventor of the World Wide Web – and that he is British? Britain is seen as the talent hot-spot for technological advance. This course will teach you how computer hardware functions and how to write computer programs – giving you a sound starting point for going on to play a key role in future technological advance.

What does it prepare me for in the future?

The course would open the door to A Level Computing and the pathway to a career in creating the technology of the future, for example as a programmer. Universities are increasingly investing in developing Computing degree courses that will give you the opportunity to compete in the very challenging and rewarding computing job market.

What will I learn?

You will:

  • develop your understanding of current and emerging technologies, understanding how they work and applying this knowledge and understanding in a range of contexts
  • acquire and apply technical skills and an understanding of the use of algorithms in computer programs to solve problems using programming
  • use your knowledge and understanding of computer technology to become an independent and discerning user of IT, and be able to make informed decisions about the use of different technologies
  • understand the implications of these technologies on the user
  • acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of IT in a range of contexts
  • develop computer programs to solve problems
  • develop the skills to work collaboratively
  • evaluate the effectiveness of computer programs/solutions and the impact of, and issues related to, the use of computer technology in society.

What skills will I acquire?

  • technical skills relating to computer hardware and operating systems
  • skills to successfully complete investigations a variety of computer technologies
  • computing problem-solving skills
  • an understanding of computer programming languages such as, Java, C++ or Python.

How is it assessed?

Unit A451 Examined unit
Unit A452 Controlled assessment unit – Practical Investigation
Unit A453 Controlled assessment unit – Programming Project