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Computer Science A level at Oldfield School

Course description

What will I study?

The Advanced GCE in Computer Science consists of 4 units of study over 2 years. It is a mixture of theory and practical programming work, encouraging students to develop:

  •  an understanding of, and the ability to apply, the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation
  •  the ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so
  • the capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • the capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science
  •  mathematical skills related to: Boolean algebra, comparison and complexity of algorithms (A-level only), number representations and bases
  • the ability to articulate the individual (moral), social (ethical), legal and cultural opportunities and risks of digital technology.


Examination Board – AQA

AS - Paper 1 - 50% of AS, on-screen exam

AS - Paper 2 - 50% of AS, written exam

A – Paper 1 - 40% of A Level, on-screen exam

A – Paper 2 - 40% of A Level, written exam

A - Non-exam assessment - 20% of A level, practical programming problems

Future opportunities

A Level Computer Science provides a suitable foundation for the study of Computer Science, Digital Technologies, Digital Forensics or related courses in higher education. Please note that most universities would expect entrants onto Computer Science courses to be taking A level Mathematics as well.

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Am I suited to the course?

Candidates beginning this course do not have to have studied Computer Science before, although a good level of mathematical problem solving ability and resilience is essential, as is an interest in programming.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oldfield School directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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