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Computer Science - A Level

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Useful Information

Computer Science at Advanced Level, promotes integration of Computer Science.  Learners develop a broad range of skills in:

  • Programming
  • Software engineering
  • Computer architecture
  • Data communications
  • Applications

Course Overview

Component 1: Programming and System Development
This component investigates programs, algorithms, logic, programming methodologies and the impact of computer science on society.

Component 2: Computer Architecture, Data, Communication and Applications
This component investigates computer architecture, communication, data representation, data structures, programs, algorithms and software applications.  There are no optional questions.

Component 3: Programmed Solution to a Problem
Students discuss, investigate, design, prototype, refine and implement, test and evaluate a computerised solution to a problem chosen by the student which must be solved using original code (programming).

This course will suit students who are:

  • Interested in Computers, Design, Engineering, Technology and Electronics 
  • Good at problem-solving and using logic 
  • Original, creative, organised, and analytical thinkers

This is a problem-solving subject that requires students to think in a clear and logical way. Most students combine this course with either Mathematics or a Science subject. Students not taking either of these, might consider BTEC Level 3 Computing as an alternative.

Exams are taken at the end of the 2 years and include:

  • Programming & System Development: a 2 hour 45 minutes written exam
  • Computer Architecture, Data, Communications and Applications: a 2 hour written exam
  • Project based on ‘Programme Solutions to a problem’:  a project completed by the student, assisted by teachers

Course Highlights

Course Specific Trips & Visits

Computer Science A Level students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In the last couple of years, these have included:

  • A trip to Bletchley Park including Colossus, the first programmable digital electronic computer, as well as examples of the Enigma enciphering machine and a reconstruction of the Bombe machine used in code-breaking
  • Oxford taster days in Computer Science
  • Computing Masterclass for students
  • A trip to Croydon Cititech to discuss technology

Students can also benefit from enhancement programmes covering subjects such as ‘Apps for good’.

Career Opportunities & Further Study
Computer Science A Level equips students with the necessary knowledge and skills to be accepted on courses such as Computer Science, Software Engineering and Gaming on university degree courses. It also serves as a good stepping stone to Apprenticeships in Software Development.

A Level – exams are taken at the end of the 2 years

Entry Requirements

Students wishing to include A Levels in their programme need to have (or expect to achieve) at least five GCSE passes, with at least two at Grade 5 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme.

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirements, either:

  • Grade 6 in Maths and Grade 4 in English plus Grade 6 in both Core and Additional Science or Grade 6 in Computer Science, if taken OR
  • Grade 5 in Maths and Grade 4 in English plus Grade 6 in both Core and Additional Science or Grade 6 in Computer Science, if taken

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