Everything you do, whether you realise it or not, is either controlled by a computer, supervised by a computer, stored by a computer or processed and used by a computer.
A Level Computer Science is a technical subject where the focus is on computer programming using object oriented languages. The course enables you to develop a range of skills in other areas including system development, computer architecture, data, communication and applications.
Computer Science demands both logical discipline and imaginative creativity in the selection and design of algorithms and the writing, testing and debugging of programs. During the course you will develop an understanding of the rules of languages at a simple level and an awareness of the management and organisation of computer systems.
Computer Science at A Level integrates well with subjects across the curriculum including Arts and Science subjects.
A minimum of five GCSEs (with two at grade 6, and three at grade 4), English at grade 4 and Maths at grade 6.
Computer Studies is a useful subject for degrees that focus on programming, systems analysis and software engineering, as well as management and accounting. Around half of our A Level Computer Science students go on to study degrees in Computer Science, while others choose to follow courses in Business, Science and Technology-related subjects.
40% – Programming and System Development
40% – Computer Architecture, Data, Communication and Applications
20% – Programmed Solution to a Problem (Coursework assessment)
Students analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate a solution to a substantial problem of their choice requiring the production of original code (programming). This will include a word processed description of the development of the system.