Computer science

Computer science

What is A level Computer science?

Computer science is an exciting, innovative and creative subject, with far-reaching effects and benefits to society, commerce, health and engineering. The most important aspect of computer science is problem solving and the study of computers and computational systems; this includes their theory, design, development and application in solving problems. Principal areas of study within computer science include artificial intelligence, computer systems and networks, cybersecurity, database systems, human computer interaction, vision and graphics, numerical analysis, programming, software engineering, bioinformatics and theory of computing.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades 4 – 9, across four separate subjects, to include GCSE Mathematics and/or English/English Language. In addition, a grade 5 is required in GCSE Mathematics or a grade 5 in Computer Science with a grade 4 in Mathematics.

Subject leader

Nafisa Shah

"Studying computer science has meant that I have developed the ability to apply knowledge to new situations, which has allowed me to progress in both computer science and other subjects. The content allows you to learn a new programming language, C#, which will provide problem-solving skills, and is also used in the industry today, making it incredibly useful to learn."

Wesley Fielding

what will I study?

You will study three units throughout the two year course; completing two examinations at the end of the two years. You will also complete one piece of coursework in the form of a project which will contribute towards your final grade. COMPONENT 1 Component 1 is worth 40% of the A-Level and will be assessed at the end of year two in the form of an exam. In this unit you will learn how computers operate internally, the theory behind programming and the Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues of computing. COMPONENT 2 Component 2 is worth 40% of the A-Level and will be assessed at the end of year two in the form of an exam. This unit builds upon the problem solving, algorithm design and programming skills that you learned in component 1 and teaches you to apply them to practical situations. COMPONENT 3 Component 3 is worth 20% of the A-Level and will be assessed in the form of a project. You will decide on a problem, analyse the problem, design a computer based solution, program/develop the solution and evaluate your project work.


For September 2021


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