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Computer Science

Course Content



The A-Level in Computer Science will build on the knowledge gained by students on the GCSE Computer Science course. There is a high emphasis on programming and computational thinking, allowing students to hone their problem solving and technical skills.

Students will be assessed on Computing Principles, Algorithms and Problem Solving and Computer Systems. Combined, these areas of study provide students with a rounded Computing education that will prepare for further technical study and technical careers. Students knowledge will include an in depth understanding of a computer’s architecture, how data is transmitted across networks, legal and moral issues in computing and software development.

Examination Details

The A-Level in Computer Science is marked in 3 components. This is made up of two externally marked examinations (AS and A-level) and one coursework project. The breakdown is as follows

AS Exam – 40%

A2 – Exam – 40%

Coursework (Year 13) – 20%

Career Pathways

Software Developer

Web Developer

Games Developer

Information Systems Manager

Network Manager

Multimedia Programmer

IT Consultant

School Teacher


Entry Criteria

Grade 6 or above in GCSE Computer Studies if studied or 6 or above in GCSE Maths if not studied