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A-level Computer Science

This course enables students to develop strong programming skills and knowledge of computers and computer systems.

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Exam Board: AQA A-7517

Computer Science

A Level Computer Science encourages students to understand the workings of computer systems, how it began and looking to the future and what is possible. The subject covers a range of computing areas enabling students to explore the array of different concepts that computing encompasses.

Entry Requirements:

Maths GCSE – grade 7+

Course Content

  • 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 & architecture
  • Consequences of uses of computing
  • Fundamentals of communication & networking
  • Fundamentals of databases
  • Big data
  • Fundamentals of functional programming
  • Systematic approach to problem solving
  • NEA – the computing practical project


Paper 1 – On screen exam (40% of A level)

Paper 2 – Written exam (40% of A level)

NEA – 75marks (20% of A level)

Where Does it Lead?

The Computer Science A level gives students an excellent preparation for Computer Science degrees, apprenticeships or varying jobs in the computing industry.