A-Level Computer Science

Do you dream of a career at the forefront of one of the fastest moving industries in the world? If so perhaps computer studies is for you.

The aims of this qualification are to enable learners to develop:

  • An understanding and ability to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation.
  • The ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving problems, including writing programs.
  • The capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.
  • The capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science.
  • Mathematical skills.

Students take three components:

Unit 1 Computer Systems (40%) – the internal workings of the CPU, data exchange, software development, data types and legal and ethical issues.

Unit 2 Algorithms and Programming (40%) – using computational thinking to solve problems.

Unit 3 Programming project (20%) –  this involves identifying  a problem, analyse it and then design, develop, test and evaluate a solution.

A vast array of jobs exists within the field of Computer Science including Analyst, Programmer and Developer roles. There are opportunities within many sectors such as telecommunications, aerospace and defence, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, public sectors. This course enables progression into higher education in a wide range of degree areas such as computing, engineering and mathematics. Equally, the course supports direct entry into the computing industry e.g. apprenticeships in Digital Cyber Security. A Degree Apprenticeship in Software Engineering (where you earn a salary and have your university fees paid) is another possible progression route from this course.