Why Study A-level Computing

What’s on the course?

In the AQA A-Level Computing course you will learn how a computer works and how to make software.  Learning to program is a life changing experience as it changes the way that you think about the world around you.  It will make you a more accomplished problem solver and much more resilient in life.  This is why graduate recruiters in banks and management consultancies recruit heavily from university Computing departments.

What courses does it go well with?

A surprising number of university courses have modules in the Computer Science Department. Hence, an A-level in Computing is a great addition to a UCAS application for students who wish to go on to study any of the following subjects at university:

  • Economics
  • Art
  • Music
  • Psychology
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Engineering
  • and of course – Computer Science!

Can I get a job straight after studying Computing?

Totally! In fact we will help you with work experience applications and look at your CV with you.  A-level Computing gives you key work-based skills that can be applied immediately in the following professions:

  • Junior Web Developer
  • Network Support Technician
  • Junior Software Engineer
  • Database Administrator

What is the workload like?

The workload for Computing is quite balanced.  There is no coursework in the Lower Sixth Form and the Upper Sixth Form coursework is worth 20% of your final mark.

How is Computing A-level different to ICT?

First of all, well-done for spotting that the name of the course has changed.  This is because next year we will be studying a radically different A-level curriculum which is better matched to the needs of employers and university.  Where ICT teaches you how to use software applications, Computing teaches you how to make software applications.  In ICT you learn the functions of parts of a computer; whereas in Computing you learn how a computer actually works from 1s and 0s right the way up to the Internet.

Do I need to have studied ICT or Computing beforehand?

No. You do not need to know anything about computers to study this course.  People who do well at A-level computing tend however to be resilient, numerate types with reasonable problem solving skills.

What do famous celebrities think about learning to code?

Ashton KutcherActor“I’d like to advocate for computer coding to be an institution in the public school systems right next to biology, chemistry, physics, etc. If we want to spur job growth in the US we have to educate ourselves in the disciplines where jobs are available and where economic growth is feasible.“ will.i.amMusician/The Black Eyed Peas and Entrepreneur“Here we are, 2013, we ALL depend on technology to communicate, to bank, and none of us know how to read and write code. It’s important for these kids, right now, starting at 8 years old, to read and write code.“
Gabe NewellFounder and President, Valve“The programmers of tomorrow are the wizards of the future. You’re going to look like you have magic powers compared to everybody else.“ Mark ZuckerbergFounder, Facebook“Our policy at Facebook is literally to hire as many talented engineers as we can find. There just aren’t enough people who are trained and have these skills today.“
Stephen HawkingTheoretical Physicist, Cosmologist, and Author“Whether you want to uncover the secrets of the universe, or you just want to pursue a career in the 21st century, basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn.“ Susan WojcickiSenior Vice President, Google“Learning to code makes kids feel empowered, creative, and confident. If we want our young women to retain these traits into adulthood, a great option is to expose them to computer programming in their youth.“
Snoop DoggRapper, Singer-songwriter, and Actor“support tha american dream n make coding available to EVERYONE!!“ Enrique IglesiasSinger-songwriter and Actor“Programming is important.“

 

Where can I find out more information about the Computing course?

Simply send an email to Mr Scott, Head of Computing and ICT, (mjscott@aldenham.com) and arrange a time to talk through your options. Details of the course can be found at: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/ict-and-computer-science/a-level/computing-2510