Computer Science

Entry requirements

6 in GCSE Maths,

What will I study

The A-level in Computer Science will encourage students to develop an understanding of, and the ability to apply, the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation.

Year 1
  • Fundamentals of programming
  • Fundamentals of data structures
  • Fundamentals of algorithms
  • Theory of computation
  • Fundamentals of data representation
  • Fundamentals of computer systems
  • Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture
  • Consequences of uses of computing
  • Fundamentals of communication and networking
Year 2
  • Fundamentals of databases
  • Big Data
  • Fundamentals of functional programming
  • Systematic approach to problem solving
  • Non-exam assessment – the computing practical project

How will I be assessed?

Two exams that contribute 80% of the A-level result. A non-exam assessment project.

Paper 1 : On-screen exam.

2 hours and 30 minutes. 40% of A-level.

Paper 2: Written exam.

2 hours and 30 minutes. 40% of A-level.

Non-exam assessment: assesses your ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve or investigate a practical problem.

Is this subject for me?

You will have the ability to analyse problems in computational terms. You most likely will have tried creating programmes of your own to solve problems. It is helpful to have the capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.

You will have strong mathematical and analytical skills, with a passion for working out solutions to problems.

Where can this lead me?

This course has been designed for students who wish to go on to higher education studies or employment where knowledge of computing would be beneficial. There is a huge demand for people with knowledge of coding and computing.  Students can study computing and go on to a career in medicine, law, business, politics or any type of science.

What else is there?

On this course we connect with a number of universities, and visits may include university computer science faculties and software development centres, places of historic interest in computer science such as  Bletchley Park.

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