Computer Science

Course Overview

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.

Entry Requirements

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.

Course Guide
Course Outline

Component 1
40% – Programming and System Development

Component 2
40% – Computer Architecture, Data, Communication and Applications

Component 3
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.

Anood Raifi

“Studying A Level Computer Science has taught me varieties of new skills and techniques for using Microsoft Office. The teachers at Cadbury Sixth Form College have helped me throughout the year and also helped me gain great work experience with companies like TATA Consultancy Services to help me prepare for university.”

Anood Rafi

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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