A2-level - Computing AQA GCE - Cornwall College - St Austell

Computing AQA GCE A2-level

Level 3: A-Level and Equivalent
Cornwall College St Austell
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About the course

This qualification caters for students who wish to make a career in Computing and those who wish to extend their knowledge of computers, applications and programming. A good Computing student will have the ability to think logically about a problem and be able to express the solution as a series of interconnected steps. You will need a good memory to recall the techniques and tools available to write a computer program. There is scope for creativity and imagination in writing code to produce concise and powerful solutions.

Entry requirements

Successful completion of AS-level in this subject.

What will I do on the course?

The course is about ‘computational thinking’ and its application. Here are some examples:- , The kind of thinking used by humans and machines. Problem solving, choosing and using the correct hardware and software. Writing your own programs using Visual Basic is an important aspect of the course. Understanding and using networks, internet and communications. The structure of the computer, its CPU and I/O methods.

What can I do after the course?

Students who study Computing may continue their studies at university where there is a huge range of Computing courses including Electronics, Robotics, Telecommunications, Software Engineering, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Medical Informatics and various ICT courses. The knowledge gained in computing may be used to support other university courses such as Mathematics, Science, Engineering and Business Studies. Most employment opportunities are for Computing graduates; however, your computing skills gained in the Practical Project may be useful to any employer.


This is a 1-year full time course taught for over 5 hours per week. As well as work in class, you will be expected to work in your own time on homework assignments, study of the course textbook and try out practical programming exercises. This is a technical subject that involves both using and programming computers. Programming requires logical thinking and practice and can be very rewarding when the bugs have been found and programs work correctly. It would be advantageous to have a computer at home, but this is not essential.

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