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Computer Science at Queen Mary's High School

Course description

The government are currently placing a great emphasis on the study of computing in
schools. The UK should aim to produce people with the technical skills to put it at the
forefront of computer science. A’ level Computer Science is a rigorous discipline which demonstrates problem solving capabilities and independent thought.

Course content

• The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
• Software and software development
• Exchanging data
• Data types, data structures and algorithms
• Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues
• Elements of computational thinking
• Problem solving and programming
• Algorithms

The candidate will choose a computing problem to work through according to the guidance in the specification:
• Analysis of the problem
• Design of the solution
• Developing the solution
• Evaluation

Entry requirements

A grade A*-B in GCSE Computing* ( GCSE ICT is not an acceptable alternative).


This course is delivered as a two year Alevel course.
• A written examination of 2 hours 30 mins duration on ‘Computer Systems’ 40%
• A written examination of 2 hours 30 mins duration on ‘Algorithms and programming 40%
• A Programming project (non exam assessment) 20%

Future opportunities

Progression to study Computer Science at university or a related course such as Computer Games Design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Mary's High School directly.

Last updated date: 15 September 2016
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