A Level Computer Science

Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of, who do the things that no one can imagine. - Alan Turing

The Course

Computer Science is the study of computers, which includes how they work, the theory and application of computation and algorithms.  A creative, challenging and fast-paced subject which considers the use of technology in the digital world and encourages students to develop solutions through solving problems computationally.

In the A Level Computer Science course, students will learn the principles of computation and algorithms, programming, data representation, computer architecture, cybers security and networking.  Students will explore several standard algorithms used in computer systems and will be able to use the most appropriate algorithm based on suitability and efficiency to solve problems.

The course is geared towards those who have aspirations to work in the field of Computer Science.  The field is broad and encompasses many different disciplines, such as Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Cyber Security, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Network Engineering to name but a few.  Many students will either go on to study a first-class undergraduate degree or undertake an apprenticeship, however some will go directly into a career.  As Computer Science is a multi-disciplined subject, those that wish to study Mathematics, Physics, Business Studies and all of the Humanities subjects would benefit from taking this A Level.

The qualification consists of two examined components and one coursework component (Non-Exam Assessment); the course has a substantial amount of programming and theory.  Flexibility to investigate any computing problem and create a solution in any higher-level programming language is possible through the coursework project.

Trips and Outings

Educational visits underpin the theoretical learning from the classroom. In previous years, we have visited Silicon Valley USA, Bletchley Park and The National Museum of Computing.

The subject area provides opportunities for students to develop both their interest and explore skills outside the curriculum through participating in after-school Robotic and Coding Club, our enrichment activities and external challenges such as Bebras, TCS Oxford Computing, British Informatics Olympiad and Big Bang competitions.


Head of Department: Mrs D Gillooly [email protected]

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