computer science

A Level Computer Science

Exam Board
Entry requirements
Grade 6 or above in GCSE Mathematics and GCSE Computer Science
What will I study?
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.
Computer Systems (01)
• The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
• Software and software development
• Exchanging data
• Data types, data structures and algorithms
• Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues
Algorithms and Programming (02)
• Elements of computational thinking
• Problem solving and programming
• Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms
Programming Project (03)
• Analysis of the problem
• Design of the solution
• Developing the solution
• Evaluation
Computer Systems (01) – 2 hours and 30 minutes exam – 40% of total A Level
Algorithms and Programming (02) – 2 hours and 30 minutes exam – 40% of total A Level
Programming Project (03) – Controlled Assessment – 20% of total A Level
What skills will I gain?
• Problem Solving
• Mathematical skills
• Creativity 
Future pathways
Computer Science has become a highly valued subject over the last few years with the development of Social Media sites and mobile applications. Future career paths include: Programmer, Web Developer, Game Developer, Web Designer, IT Consultant, Business Analyst