Computer Science

Computer Science is valued in many industries such as engineering, health care, business and more as problems can be solved effectively with computers, but finding a solution requires expertise in computer science.

What’s it about?

Why study Computer Science?

Entry requirements

What you learn

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Computer Science careers can lead on to robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, big data processing, networking, ethical hacking, computer game development, home automation and many more rewarding professions in a variety of industries.  So much of the world uses computers nowadays that having a good understanding of how computers work and how to program them will set you up for success in many strands of life.

Computer Science is an ever developing industry around the world meaning that all skills learnt on this course are very portable.

A good grade in Computer Science at A Level is valued by universities and employers since it requires the development of analytical thinking and problem solving skills. This course also lays an appropriate foundation for further study of Computer Science, Engineering, Physics or related subjects in higher education.

Please note – if you are opting to study Computer Science and not opting to study A Level Mathematics then we recommend taking level 3 Core Maths as your 4th option (rather than EPQ or Directed Study).

The Course Structure


Component Marks Exam Weighting Content
Computer systems (01) 140 2 hours 30 mins 40% The internal workings of the (CPU), data exchange, software development, data types and legal and ethical issues
Algorithms and programming (02) 140 2 hours 30 mins 40% Using computational thinking to solve problems.
Programming project (03)* 70 20% Non-exam assessment.
Students will be expected to analyse a problem (10 marks), and design (15 marks), develop and test (25 marks), and evaluate and document (20 marks) a program. The program must be to solve it written in a suitable programming language.

Potential Careers

All industries require Computer Science from Medicine to Hospitality will all use and need Computer Scientists now and in the future.

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data Engineer
  • Computer and Information Research Scientists
  • Computer Hardware Engineer
  • Computer Network Architect
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Database Administrator
  • Ethical Hacker
  • Games Development
  • High School Computer Science Teacher
  • Information Security Analyst.
  • Information Systems Security Manager
  • Mobile Applications Developer
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  • Penetration Testers
  • Software Developer
  • Web Developer

 Why Study Computer Science?

 Entry Requirements

Subject Qualification (Level 3) Required GCSE Grades
(in addition to Sixth Form entry requirements)
Additional Information
Computer Science A Level 6+ Computing and 6+ Mathematics Proven interest in programming (if GCSE Computing not taken)

What You Learn

Our Learning Journeys have been created to give you a flavour for the types of topics students study in each year at our school. They show what will be covered throughout the year and during each half-term, but please note there is some flexibility to what is taught when. We hope you find them helpful.