Is computing the same as computer science

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I didn't read the prospectus because I forgot. I was wondering if there was a difference between computer science and computing. I chose computing and want to get into coding and programming. Is this what computing A-level consists of?

I didn't see an option for computer science on the application so I assumed they were the same subject. Thanks in advance.
Yes I believe so.
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Computer Science and Computing are technically different A Level subjects. Computer Science replaces and supersedes both Computing and ICT at A Level.
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Computer Science and Computing are technically different A Level subjects. Computer Science replaces and supersedes both Computing and ICT at A Level.
So Computer Science is a harder course?
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I have just checked with the exam boards. Computer Science is the new course and Computing is the old course. Both are currently being taught. The first Computer Science exams will be offered in June 2016 for students who started the course in September 2015 and the last Computing exams will be offered in June 2017 / 2018.
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I have just checked with the exam boards. Computer Science is the new course and Computing is the old course. Both are currently being taught. The first Computer Science exams will be offered in June 2016 for students who started the course in September 2015 and the last Computing exams will be offered in June 2017 / 2018.
Ah okay, so they are both the same course basically?
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Ah okay, so they are both the same course basically?
Not quite. Computing is now an obsolete A Level that does not meet all the requirements of Michael Gove's A Level reforms. Computer Science is the replacement for Computing that meets all the requirements of Michael Gove's A Level reforms. Therefore, some differences with the course content exist between the two A Levels. The best thing to do is compare the syllabi of the Computing and Computer Science A Levels to determine the finer differences between them. These are available on the exam board websites.

At the moment we are in a 'grace' period for the Computing A Level to allow students who have already started the course in September 2014 to complete it whilst students who have started in September 2015 are able to take the Computer Science A Level. Some colleges also need a year or so to adjust to the new Computer Science course requirements.
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