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Are students already being taught the new specification of the change from A-level computing to A-level computer science?

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The new one is way easier because you don't have to learn how all the hardware listed in the spec works! Sadly I started AS computing in year 10 ( last year) so I missed the change- AQA
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The new one is way easier because you don't have to learn how all the hardware listed in the spec works! Sadly I started AS computing in year 10 ( last year) so I missed the change
so has it already changed or what.

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yee. The people who have started the A level this year go by the new spec
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Are students already being taught the new specification of the change from A-level computing to A-level computer science?

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No, well at least I'm not. I do WJEC AS Computing.

The new WJEC AS Computer Science spec won't start until September 2015. I don't know about other boards, though.
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No, well at least I'm not. I do WJEC AS Computing.

The new WJEC AS Computer Science spec won't start until September 2015. I don't know about other boards, though.
I am talking about the AQA. Sorry, forgot to mention it. Thanks for reminding me
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yee. The people who have started the A level this year go by the new spec
Not what AQA say: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/ict-a...r-science-7516
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I am talking about the AQA. Sorry, forgot to mention it. Thanks for reminding me
I checked the AQA website, and it also says that the new Computer Science AS-Level spec won't be until September 2015 for them too. So if you are doing AQA now, you will be doing Computing not Computer Science.

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http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/ict-a...as-and-a-level
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The new one is way easier because you don't have to learn how all the hardware listed in the spec works! Sadly I started AS computing in year 10 ( last year) so I missed the change- AQA
Also not quite sure how you could say the new spec is "way" easier. Topics only at A2 are now dropping down to AS and even harder topics are being introduced. The good thing though is that most of the BS is being cut (e.g. extensive coursework documentation) and most of the new topics are pretty interesting.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/resources/ict-...nges-knowledge

http://www.aqa.org.uk/resources/ict-...changes-skills
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Also not quite sure how you could say the new spec is "way" easier. Topics only at A2 are now dropping down to AS and even harder topics are being introduced. The good thing though is that most of the BS is being cut (e.g. extensive coursework documentation)

http://www.aqa.org.uk/resources/ict-...nges-knowledge

http://www.aqa.org.uk/resources/ict-...changes-skills
The new A-Level is most indefinitely harder.

The old WJEC Spec which I do is all just simple IT such as system life cycles. It's ridiculous.
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The new A-Level is most indefinitely harder.

The old WJEC Spec which I do is all just simple IT such as system life cycles. It's ridiculous.
I was referring to AQA but I agree, the new specs are definitely harder, much more interesting and related to Computer Science (most likely the reason for the name change). AS Computing was a bit of joke tbh (mostly GCSE content).
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I checked the AQA website, and it also says that the new Computer Science AS-Level spec won't be until September 2015 for them too. So if you are doing AQA now, you will be doing Computing not Computer Science.

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http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/ict-a...as-and-a-level
Sorry, My friend in yr10 told me about the new spec and at the Otion Evening at my school I got told I just missed the change... Sorry about that
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Also not quite sure how you could say the new spec is "way" easier. Topics only at A2 are now dropping down to AS and even harder topics are being introduced. The good thing though is that most of the BS is being cut (e.g. extensive coursework documentation) and most of the new topics are pretty interesting.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/resources/ict-...nges-knowledge

http://www.aqa.org.uk/resources/ict-...changes-skills
Thanks for informing me, I learnt from my teacher that they were cutting out quite a lot of the hardware detail and bs and adding a lot of new things. Wasn't that well informed about the things added and how hard they were!
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