Computer Science is playing a rapidly-increasing role in finding solutions to real-world problems, particularly where large amounts of information are involved.
A Level Computer Science divides learning into three sections:
Computer Fundamentals, Programming Techniques and Logical Methods, and a Programming Project. A natural progression from GCSE Computer Science, it provides the perfect springboard for students looking at specialising in a computing-based career.
You will study a range of theory topics including hardware, software, networks, system development life cycles, the legal framework and moral implications of computer use. You will also study the principles of designing algorithms and programming solutions.
Through the design, development and testing of a programming solution to a problem you will have the opportunity to apply your learning creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.
A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including English, with at least two at grade 6, including Maths. You don’t need to have studied Computer Science at GCSE to study the subject at A Level but if you have, you should have grade 6 or above.
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.
Components of the Course:
Component 1 – 40%
Principles of computing
- Computer hardware and software
- Exchanging data and networking
- Data representation and data handling
- Legal, ethical and moral implications
Component 2 – 40%
Algorithms and problem solving
- Identifying solutions to problems
- Applying programming principles to a solution
- Comparing standard algorithms
Component 3 – 20%
A programmed solution to a problem of your choice
- Identify and research a problem or need
- Design and develop a programmed solution
- Test and evaluate the solution
Examination - 80%
Coursework - 20%