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Computer Science A level at Highworth Grammar School

Course description

Computing requires you to develop the capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically. You will need to gain an understanding of the organisation of computer systems, including software, hardware, data, communications and people and develop skills in project and time management.

Course content

Computer Systems
Students examine hardware and software; data: its presentation, structure and management; data transmission and networking; the system’s development life cycle; the characteristics of information systems; the implications of computer use in society. Students also cover the need to design solutions to problems by developing an understanding of the structure of procedural programs, different data types and data structures, as well as investigating the common facilities of procedural languages.
Algorithms and Programming
This unit looks at computational thinking including how computers are used to solve problems and how algorithms may be used to describe them. Students investigate how to think abstractly, procedurally and logically. Using object orientated languages, they examine programming techniques and computational methods to solve problems. Students also develop skills writing maintainable programs, as well as testing and running solutions.
Programming Project
In this project students define a problem, investigate and analyse it, design and build a software solution, document, test and evaluate it, culminating in a written report.

Entry requirements

Prospective candidates should have attained at least a Grade 6 GCSE in Computing, ICT or Maths.


unit 1 - examination - 2 hour 30 minutes - 40% of A level

unit 2 - examination - 2 hour 30 minutes - 40% of A level

unit 3 - project - 20% of A level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Highworth Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 15 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September