Computer Science A-Level

English Language, Maths and Science at a grade 5. GCSE Computer Science would be an advantage but not essential – if studied a minimum of grade 6 is needed. Good communication & analytical skills. An interest in computer programming and problem solving. Passionate students not quite meeting these grades should apply for interview with Head of College.

The course is not about programming; you will program, lots, but only as a tool to test and develop problem solving skills and algorithmical thinking. There is an emphasis on abstract thinking, general problem solving, algorithmic and mathematical reasoning.

You can expect to:

  • Engage in problem solving, write and use algorithms.
  • Learn to write and test programs in high level language, assembly code and functional code..
  • Learn about hardware and software, networks and the Internet.
  • Understand the ways in which data is represented in a computer system.
  • Understand the ethical and legal constraints when using computer systems.
  • Use relational databases.
  • Understand the system development lifecycle and the needs of a real end user.

COURSE DETAILS AND ASSESSMENT INFORMATION:

Paper 1

On-screen exam: 2 hours 45 minute 40% of A-level. Students answer a series of short questions and write/adapt/extend programs in an Electronic Answer Document provided by the exam board.

Paper 2

This paper tests a student’s ability to answer short-answer and extended-answer questions from subject content in a written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of A-level.

Non-exam assessment

The non-exam assessment assesses student’s ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve or investigate a practical problem. Students will be expected to follow a systematic approach to problem solving. 75 marks, 20% of A-level.

WHERE CAN THIS COURSE TAKE ME?

Access to the IT industry

Careers related to mathematics, statistics, sciences, analytics, product development, or anything else which requires analytical problem solving skills.

University/Higher Education