What do I need?

5 GCSEs at grade C/5 or above, including English Language and Mathematics. A grade 7 or above in Mathematics and an A or A* in a Computer Science/ICT GCSE course is strongly recommended. An interest in problem solving and programming is also beneficial.

Why Study A Level Computer Science?

Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It’s an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, and can look at the natural world through a digital prism. There is a focus on computer programming, building on GCSE Computing and emphasis on the importance of computational thinking as a discipline.  The subject has an expanded maths focus, much of which will be embedded within the course. The course puts computational thinking at its core, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence.

What will I study?

Year One

• Contemporary Processors

• Input, Output and Storage devices

• Software and software development

• Data Types

• Legal, Cultural, Moral and Ethical Issues

Year Two

• Elements of Computational Thinking

• Programming and problem solving

• Algorithms


How will I be assessed?

Programming Project (20%)

Examination (80%)

Where can the subject lead?

Computer Science is useful for a range of degree level subjects including: Medicine, Maths, Statistics, Law, Computing, Business, Politics, Animation and many more.

Students who take Computer Science progress to a broad range of careers including: Software Engineering, Systems Analyst, Games Developer, Network Engineer, IT Consultant, Statistical Analyst, Artificial Intelligence Design and many more.

Students who have studied this A-Level Computer Science are now working for: Apple, Google, Spotify, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Ford, Barclays and many more ‘blue chip’ companies.


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