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.

OVERVIEW OF COURSE:
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