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An award winning sixth-form college in the heart of Central London offering a wide range of GCSE and A-Level courses

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Albemarle Independent College, 18 Dunraven Street, Mayfair, London W1K 7FE


AS Course Outline

What is AS Computing?

Computing Computing is a subject that encompasses the theoretical aspects of how a computer is designed, used and applied to problem solving. It is an applied subject that provides the student with practical problem solving skills in a programming language. It provides a suitable foundation for students who wish to enter a career in Computing as Programmers, Analysts or Electronic Engineers. It is aimed at students who see themselves as developing computer software and hardware rather than simply using computers as tools. Students interested in being users of computers (but not programmers) would be more suited to an AS level in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Students will learn the fundamental principles and workings of machine architecture, systems software and applications software.

There is no coursework element in AS Computing although the Unit 2 exam does students to learn how formulate algorithms and apply them in a procedural language which will subsequently be used to complete the A2 coursework.

What Skills Will Students Develop When Studying Computing?

What are the Entry Requirements for AS Computing?

The course requires students to possess a good command of English together with a highly developed sense of logic, and a rigorous approach to problem solving. Students wishing to study Computing should ideally possess B grades or higher in GCSE Mathematics and English. It would be advantageous if a student has studied IT or a related subject at GCSE. AS Computing students should have ideally encountered basic computational thinking and programming as a leisure interest or within their secondary education.

Computing (OCR) AS Specification

Component One
2 hour 30 minutes written exam
50% of AS

Available in May and June

Computing Principles

  • The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
  • Software and software development
  • Programming
  • Exchanging data
  • Data types, data structures and algorithms
  • Legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues

Component Two
2 hour 30 minutes written exam
50% of AS
Available in May and June

Algorithms and Problem Solving

  • Elements of computational thinking
  • Problem solving and programming
  • Algorithms

Structure of the Course
This course will be taught for 5 x 1 hour lessons per week. Homework will be set weekly and deadlines must be adhered to. Reading of textbooks is essential.

Core Textbook

  • OCR AS and A level Computer Science - PM Heathcote and RSU Heathcote
    ISBN: 978-1-910523-05-6

Further Reading

  • 'OCR A level Computer Science Rouse, Pitt, O'Byrne
    ISBN: 978-1471839764