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Computer Science A level at Howard of Effingham School

Course description

Unit 1: Computer Systems

  • Software and its development 
  • Types of programming languages, data types, representation and structures 
  • Exchanging data and web technologies 
  • Following algorithms 
  • Using Boolean algebra 
  • Legal, moral and ethical issues. 

Unit 2: Algorithms and Programming

  • Elements of computational thinking 
  • Programming and problem solving 
  • Pattern recognition, abstraction and decomposition 
  • Algorithm design and efficiency 

Unit 3: Computing Project

  • Design, development, testing & evaluation of software.

Entry requirements

  • GCSE grade 6 or above in Mathematics. GCSE grade 5 or above English Language.  
  • GCSE Computing grade B preferred.


  • Unit 1: 2 hour 30 min exam (20%)
  • Unit 2: 2 hour 30 min exam (20%)
  • Unit 3: Coursework Project (10%)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Howard of Effingham School directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years


  • More information
    • Howard of Effingham School is the lead school for The Howard Partnership, a Surrey based Academy chain, originally formed from a federation of schools in 2007 and more recently converting to a Multi Academy Trust.