Computer Science A-Level

Why study Computer Science?

How we use computers and computer programs has utterly defined the world we live in today and its computer scientists whom connect the abstract with concrete creating the products we use every day. Needless to say computer scientists are always in high demand. Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It’s an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, and can look at the natural world through a digital prism.

What will I be learning about?

Over the two years you will develop:

  • An understanding and ability to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including: abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • The ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so
  • The capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • The capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science
  • Mathematical skills.

How will I be assessed?

At the end of Year 13 you will have two examinations, which together are worth 80% of your A-level. In addition you will submit one programming project, which is worth 20% of the final assessment.

Where will this lead?

Every industry uses computers so naturally computer scientists can work in any. Problems in science, engineering, health care, and so many other areas can be solved by computers. It’s up to the computer scientist to figure out how, and design the software to apply the solution.

What are the entry requirements?

Eight grade 9-4 at GCSE level including minimum level 5 in English and mathematics.

You must be passionate about exploring computing and keeping abreast of current affairs. Computer science at GCSE is desirable.