Are you interested in a subject where you will need to think logically, and learn how to solve problems by breaking them down into a series of steps? Are you interested in a fascinating A Level where you will learn more about how computing touches all aspects of our lives? Then A Level Computer Science is the subject for you! The topics you study will see you learning how computing works, and how to solve problems by breaking them down into a series of steps. 

You'll need to meet the entry criteria for your chosen pathway and a grade 6 in GCSE Maths.

For further information on the pathways, please click here.

Topics included in the OCR specification:

  • Computer systems
  • Algorithms and programming
  • Programming project

 

Educate, Enrich, Enlighten

We are proud of the unique experiences that are available to our students both inside and outside of the classroom. These will stretch and challenge you and build on your cultural capital. Our modern spacious classrooms provide a great place to learn. Our subject teachers are passionate, and you’ll be able to explore the application of Computer Science in a real-life context in a wide variety of ways – we regularly welcome Alumni and high-profile guest speakers.

You will benefit from access to real life professionals and our outstanding teaching staff will help you to learn about the science of computers, from how computing solutions are designed through to the ethics and legislation of computing.

You will benefit from access to real life professionals and our outstanding teaching staff will help you to learn about the science of computers, from how computing solutions are designed through to the ethics and legislation of computing. Our students have access to the latest industry standard equipment to support their learning. Our students have also enjoyed:

  • A chance to undertake work experience
  • Team building trips, growing your confidence and skills in areas that employers are looking for
  • Undertaking Microsoft Office Specialist qualifications, helping you to stand out from the crowd and gain additional qualifications
  • Trips to universities and visiting guest lecturers

Assessment is via two examinations weighted at 40% each and an externally moderated project weighted at 20%. 

Due to the skills and knowledge you will develop, A Level Computer Science students pursue a wide and varied range of career paths, from Computer Science and IT to Hardware Engineering.

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There is no requirement to have studied Computer Science or a similar subject at GCSE, although you may find it useful to have studied it at GCSE. A Level Computer Science is in demand across a whole range of IT based and Engineering roles as it is valued for the logical solving skills it develops

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