Computer Science

Pupils develop the capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically. It includes more computer science than traditional ICT. A-level Computer Science is excellent preparation for students looking to take computing studies at degree level, or for anyone considering any kind of career in computing. Complimentary subjects are the more logical and technical subjects such as Maths and Science. 

Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics. 





<b>A-Level Course Content</b>

Unit: 1 Computer Systems – Examined Unit 

It will cover the characteristics of contemporary systems architecture and other areas including the following: 

The characteristics of contemporary processors, 

  • Software and software development 
  • Exchanging data 
  • Data types, data structures and algorithms 
  • Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues


Unit 2: Algorithms and Programming– Examined Unit 

This unit consists of two sections. Sections A and B that cover the following: 

  • Elements of computational thinking 
  • Problem solving and programming 
  • How computers are used to solve problems and programs can be written to solve them? 
  • Algorithms 
  • What is meant by computational thinking? 
  • The use of algorithms to describe problems and standard algorithms 


Unit 3: Programming project – Programming Project 

Candidates select their own user-driven problem of an appropriate size and complexity to solve. 

Through coursework, students gain an understanding of definition, investigation and analysis, system design, software development and testing, documentation, evaluation and how to produce written reports covering these topics