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A Level Computer Science - New Linear A Level at Barton Court Grammar School

Course description

How do you fancy a subject that’s certain to boot up a great future for you? A Level Computing gets on the inside of the single most powerful tool the world has seen. Computers figure in all our lives; in science, technology, manufacturing, research, medicine; you name it, computing influences and affects everything we do. There’s a world out there just bursting with invention and opportunities. And 90% of it is driven by a computer. Say ‘yes’ to A Level Computing and you’ll follow a programme of learning that is sure to make the most of your talents and skills.

These days, being online is an essential part of living. The power of the Internet means you can shop online, see right around the globe, visit virtual worlds, play games, watch films, blog with friends and relatives anywhere, any time. Computing links strongly with many subjects, providing both the skills from modelling and storing data that may be needed in Business, Mathematics, Geography and the Sciences, whilst also developing communication and presentation skills that would support work in English and the Arts. This A Level leads onto a wide range of ICT and Computing based undergraduate degree courses at most universities.

Course content

Unit 01: Computer Systems, including the characteristics of processors, software and software development, and the legal issues surrounding computers

Unit 02: Algorithms and Programming, including computational thinking and problem solving.

Unit 03: The computing practical project

Entry requirements

Sixth Form entry requirements, including Computing at grade 6 and Mathematics at grade 6.


Unit 01 – Written examination counting for 40% of the marks

Unit 02 – Written examination counting for 40% of the marks

Unit 03 – Coursework unit counting for 20% of the marks

Future opportunities

Computing involves everyone, in every walk of life. So your career opportunities are endless. If you study Critical Thinking and Maths as well as Computing you’re sure to become very employable. Jobs like being a scientist, an engineer, a computer programmer or a medical scientist could be up for grabs. Then again, you might fancy Education, Teaching or IT as an alternative career path.

Further information

Speak to Mrs Mitchard, Lead Teacher of Computing, for more information.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 05 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years