AS and A-level Computer Science – September 2024

Funding information: Free For Eligible 16-18 year olds and First Full L3 for 19-23 year olds. Adult Learner Loans available, course costs apply.
Duration: 1 Year AS 2 Years A Level
Attendance: Full-time subject

Course Overview

A-Level Computer Science is a challenging and fast-paced subject which considers the way that technology transforms our lives in an increasingly digital world. It has computational thinking at its core, which encourages us to take a complex problem and develop possible solutions using decomposition, abstraction, logical thinking, and algorithms.

Computer Science is also a creative subject that involves the innovative thinking and development of ideas through coding.

Course Content

Modules on this course include:

  • 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

Entry Requirements

You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including maths and English and at least one grade 6 in a written subject. Must need a 5 in computer science and physics/maths.

Assessment Methods

  • Paper 1: On-Screen Exam: 2 hours 30 mins (40% of A-Level)
  • Paper 2: Written Exam: 2 hours 30 mins (40% of A-Level)
  • Non-exam assessment: Problem Solving: 75 Marks (20% of A-Level).


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