Computer Science is about creating solutions. Computing skills are of great value in business and industry, as they allow the creation of new apps, systems and solutions that drive our technological society. As society becomes more controlled by computers, we study the tools and techniques used to create the websites, apps and programs that will be used to run the world.

Computing is also becoming more important throughout society. Modelling and simulation are heavily used in environmental science and engineering, or wherever there is the need to test ideas in a safe simulated environment. In the sciences, there is much potential for those who can bridge the gap between Computing and the core sciences, such as in the field of biological computing, the modelling of new pharmaceuticals or analysing data obtained when exploring space.

Above all, Computer Science teaches you ways to work logically and methodically, allowing you to think through the problems you will encounter throughout life.


Key Skills

Opportunities for the production of evidence for the Key Skills of Communication, Application of Number, Improving Own Performance and Problem Solving at level 3 exist in all units.

Course Overview

AS Course   Full A Level Course
  • Fundamentals of programming
  • Fundamentals of data structures
  • Systematic approach to problem solving
  • 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 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

Non-exam assessment – the computing practical project

 

Career/Higher Education Application Entry Requirements
Computer Science at university comes in many different flavours.  As well as pure Computer Science degrees, most universities offer Computer Science combined with Mathematics, Physics, Artificial Intelligence or even Philosophy.  This course is most suitable for students who are specifically interested in a career in software engineering, games programming, web development, networking, forensic computing or subjects requiring the use of computer technology. The A Level Computing course is suitable for students who have achieved at least grade B in GCSE ICT or GCSE Computing. However, any students with strong GCSE results in Maths and Science may be considered.

Assessment

AS students must take all of the assessments listed below wishing to achieve the AS qualification   To gain a full A Level students must take all of the assessments listed below
AS   A2  
Assessment Outline Grading Assessment Outline Grading
Paper 1
1.5 hours
75 Marks
On-Screen Exam
Students answer a series of short questions & write/adapt/extend programs in an electronic answer document provided by the Examination Board
50% of AS Level Coursework
75 Marks
Assesses students’ ability to use the knowledge and skills to solve or investigate a practical problem 20% of final A Level mark
Paper 2
1.5 hours
75 Marks
Written Exam
A series of short-answer and extended-answer questions.
50% of AS Level Paper 1
2.5 hours
100 Marks
On-Screen Exam

Students answer a series of short questions and write/adapt/extend programs in an electronic answer document provided by the Examination Board
40% of final A Level mark
Paper 2
2.5 hours
100 Marks
Written Exam
Compulsory short-answer and extended-answer questions.
40% of final A Level mark