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Computer Science

Course Content

A Level – Two Years

Component  1: Computer Systems

Students will develop an understanding of:


The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices, Software and software development, Exchanging data, Data types, data structures and algorithms, Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues


Component 2: Algorithms and programming


Students will develop an understanding of:


Elements of computational thinking, Problem solving and programming, Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms


Component 3: Programming Project

The learner will choose a computing problem to work through according to the guidance in the specification.

Analysis of the problem, Design of the solution, Developing the solution, Evaluation



Progression into careers via:

A range of University courses

Apprenticeships and Degree Apprenticeships

Direct entry into employment

The qualification is suitable for learners intending to pursue any career in which an understanding of technology is needed. The qualification is also suitable for any further study as part of a course of general education. The qualification will provide learners with a range of transferable skills which will facilitate personal growth and foster cross curriculum links in areas such as maths, science and design and technology. Computer Science is a very creative subject and skills such as problem solving and analytical thinking will all be refined and explored as learners progress through the learning and assessment programme.



Length of Course:

A Level : 2 years

Examination Board:


Periods Per Week:

5 x 1 hour lessons

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