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A-Level Computer Science

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What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Not Set
Course type Full Time


As technology becomes ever more central to our lives and the structure of society, understanding how that technology works becomes ever more important. Learning computer science will teach you how computer systems work, giving you the skills you need to write programs and applications. You will learn a range of skills including logical thinking, systems design, problem-solving, resilience and persistence.


Fundamentals of programming

Fundamentals of data structures

Fundamentals of algorithms

Theory of computation

Fundamentals of data representation

Fundamentals of computer systems

Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture

Consequences of uses of computing

Fundamentals of communication and networking;

Fundamentals of databases

Big Data

Fundamentals of functional programming

Systematic approach to problem solving

How will it be delivered?

Paper 1: Computer-based exam (2h 30m, 40%)

Paper 2: Written exam (2h 30 m, 40%)

Non-exam assessment: Practical investigation (20%)

Entry requirements

GCSE Computer Science grade 6 (or GCSE Mathematics Grade 7 if not studied at GCSE)

Successful Computer Science students will be logical thinkers, able to break problems down into their component parts and design step-by-step solutions. An eye for detail and strong understanding of Mathematics are essential.

Your next steps...

Computer Science, Mathematics, Science, Engineering.

Web-design, video game development, programming, database management, financial analysis and many more.


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