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Computer Science AS & A Level at Archbishop Tenison's CofE High School

Course description

In A level Computer Science, there is:

  • A focus on programming, building on GCSE Computing and emphasising the importance of computational thinking as a discipline. (Languages include: VB.Net, JavaScript/HTML5, Python and Java with NetBeans)
  • An expanded maths focus, much of which will be embedded within the course.
  • An emphasis on computational thinking at its core, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence.
  • A clear opportunity to apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems in an exciting and engaging manner. (Individual coding projects)
  • A progression into higher education, as the course was designed after consultation with members of BCS, CAS and top universities.
  • The capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.

Entry requirements

An A/A* grade in Mathematics is recommended.    The minimum entry requirement grade for GCSE Mathematics is a B.  Prior knowledge of programming is not essential but highly recommended.    Main teaching language: VB.Net. (Visual Studio is free to download).    All students will also create apps/games and be introduced to additional languages including: HTML5/with JavaScript; Python; SQL; Java (netbeans).

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade B (or grade 6 in English and Mathematics) is required to have a free choice of A‐ Level courses.   We would anticipate that you would achieve a minimum of GCSE grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.

Students will be expected to achieve at least a grade B in the subjects they choose to take and this will be applied rigidly to Mathematics, Further Mathematics, the Sciences and Modern Foreign Languages.   

To study Computing you need to have achieved a grade 6 in Mathematics. 


Examining Body:  OCR

Computer Science – H046, H446 (from 2015)

  • Unit 1: Computer Systems (written exam) 40%
  • Unit 2: Algorithms and Programming (written exam) 40%
  • Unit 3: Programming project (non‐exam assessment) 20%

Further information

This A Level can lead to a multitude of courses at University, including computer science, computing, internet computing, pure computing, computer engineering etc

A Computer Science A Level will also assist in applications for Mathematic and Science degrees.

The IT industry is vast in the UK with good job opportunities.    Further professional qualifications will also follow from this A Level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Tenison's CofE High School directly.

Last updated date: 26 October 2016
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