Computer Science

Do you want to know how computers really work and run your software? Do you want to learn how to write applications or improve your programming skills? Do you like solving problems? If you do, then A-level Computer Science is for you. Through theoretical analysis and hands-on practical work, you will learn the core principles of computing and programming and how to apply them. You don’t need to have taken GCSE Computer Science to do this A-level, but good mathematical and logical skills are essential.

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A Level

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What will I study?

Do you want to know how computers really work and run your software? Do you want to learn how to write applications or improve your programming skills? Do you like solving problems? If you do then A-level Computer Science is for you. Through theoretical analysis and hands-on practical work, you will learn the core principles of computing and programming and how to apply them. You don't have to have taken GCSE Computer Science to do this A-level but good mathematical and logical skills are essential.

How will I learn?

You will be taught how to write programmes in C# and, in the second year we will extend that to include object oriented programming techniques. You will practice what you have learnt by creating solutions to lots of different programming problems. You will learn the fundamental ideas behind how computers process your instructions, store your data and communicate with other devices. You will be assessed through practical programming exercises, end-of-unit tests, mock exams and homework.

How will I be assessed?

A Level Computer Science

  • Paper One
    • On-screen programming exam, 2.5 hours, worth 40% of your A Level
  • Paper Two
    • Written theory exam, 2.5 hours, worth 40% of your A Level
  • Project
    • Coursework, worth 20% of your A Level

Are there any extra costs?

Students need to buy Workbooks which follow the course.  These amount to only a few pounds in total.

Are there any specific entry requirements?

GCSE Maths Grade 6

GCSE Computer Science is not a requirement for studying the A Level, but if you have taken GCSE Computer Science you will need to achieve at least a grade 4

What enrichment activities are offered?

Students are given the chance to enter the annual National Cipher Challenge run by the University of Southampton in conjuction with IBM, GCHQ, Trinity College Cambridge, BCS, Netcraft and IO.

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FAQs

Do I need to have done GCSE Computing?

No – If you have GCSE Computing, the A-level builds on the work you have done in GCSE.  However, if you have not taken the GCSE Computing course then we will teach you everything you need to know.

If you have GCSE Computing then you will need to have achieved at least a grade 4.

Will we be building computers on this course?

No – You will be learning how computers work at a low level rather than how to install hardware. However you will be doing lots of practical programming.