April 25, 2019

Skype Based Remote Learning is Now Available!!!

If you have Skype on your computer, you can also get help from TheComputingTutor! It doesn't matter where you are in the UK, I will be able to help you.

How does it work?

If you have Skype, I will tell you how to find me and we start a Skype chat.

Once this is going on, I will be able to share my desktop with you for demonstrations, and if you have any programs or code you want m...

November 8, 2018

Until Easter, a discount rate is now available for individuals wishing to make a block booking.

The discounted rates are:

For bookings of 5 or more session, the rate is now £45 per session.

For bookings of 10 or more, the rate is now £42.40 as session.

In order to qualify for the discount, the bookings must be made at the same time.

September 6, 2018

As someone studying A level computer science or BTEC IT or Computing, at some point you will need to write a function, method, procedure or sub-routine. They are all essentially the same thing - they are just called different names in different languages. For example, in C# - everything is a function - they are defined by their return type - a VOID function brings back nothing to the calling program, where as  RETURN function...

September 3, 2018

It's almost the start of the new academic year, and TheComputingTutor Ltd is running two HeadStart programming courses at The Henley College specfically for new students starting in September 2018.

HeadStart A Level Programming Course in C#

Wednesday 5th September 2018, The Henley College

A 1 day course designed to introduce students to C# programming, which is a key component of the AQA A Level.  The course is ideal for those st...

May 21, 2018


Just when you thought things couldn't get any touger, Pearson comes along and changes the rules again.

In the old days, of 2016, you could:

  • Submit an assignment

  • be given two weeks to do a resubmission without any help at all

if you haven't passed by that point you were

  • given a new assignment containing pass criteria only

  • given two weeks to do this assignment, again without help.

if you didn't manage to p...

May 2, 2018

So, you are beginning your controlled assessment. You have 10 hours to complete a task building a database. It all looks pretty terrifying, right.

Well, not so much.

Basically to get a Near Pass, you need 8 marks out of 66.

A Pass is 17 marks out of 66.

A distinction is 38 marks out of 66.

That's a very low pass mark. So in other words to get a distinction, you can LOSE 28 marks, and still come out on top.

What that means is that yo...

April 28, 2018

And they are not huge!

In order to pass, you need a N, a NEAR PASS, and to get that you need to score 8 marks out of 66.

You can get that with a half way decent evaluation showing you know the terminology of Databases and a thorough test plan.

That means you can pass with NO database structure, No data import, No forms, No queries, nothing.

A Distinction is 38 marks out of 66. In other words, 57%. Easy.

There is no need to panic, y...

March 15, 2018

I'm working on a members area and a forum page, where you will be able to log in and post to a forum for any topic related to A Level or GCSE Computer Science. Keep checking back for when this goes live!

February 19, 2018

The jump from being a GCSE student to an A level student is a big one. The challenges are different, the level of study is different, the expectations are different, your responsibilities are different and how you manage your time is different. I have dealt with hundreds of students over the years, many of whom made the transition to A level with no problems at all, however some did find it a challenge. In this latest blog pos...

January 19, 2018

There are many ways of managing the stress of an exam, not all of these will work for you but some of these might! Remember, you are not the only one sitting the exam, your teachers and parents will have been through exactly the same thing!


It's an exam, it's not the end of the world. By now you should have made your UCAS choices, and you should have a 'Plan B' should your exam results not go the way you want. If...

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