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Computing A Level at Little Heath School

Course description

If you enjoy a challenge, like solving logical puzzles and working with computers then you should consider an A Level in Computing. You will learn how computers work, how they are programmed and the impact they have on our lives.

You will learn about how to tackle major software development by designing and writing your own program to solve a substantial computing problem.

Entry requirements

You will need five good A*-C passes in a range of GCSE subjects. Although the mathematics content of the course is relatively low, successful candidates usually have a grade B or above in Mathematics.This requirement may be waived if the candidate can show that they have previous computer programming experience.


In year 12 a one hour and 30 minute on screen examination and a one hour and thirty minute written paper make up 50% each of the final grade.

In year 13 a two hour and 30 minute on screen examination and a two hour 30 minute written examination make up 40% each of the final grade. A pratical project is worth the final 20% of the grade.

Future opportunities

The demand for IT professionals - from programmers to network administrators - makes a computing qualification a highly marketable asset. Computing is also equally valuable as a foundation for other university level courses. Some aspects of computing are particularly applicable to technical disciplines such as engineering and science, but knowledge of how to manage change in IT systems is a valuable skill in just about any profession from accountancy to medicine.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years