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A Level Computer Science at Boston Spa Academy

Course description

The content of this A Level in Computer Science is divided into three components. Computer systems component (01) contains the majority of the content of the qualification and is assessed in a written paper recalling knowledge and understanding. Algorithms and programming component (02) relates principally to problem solving skills needed by learners to apply the knowledge and understanding gained in Component 01. Programming project component (03 or 04) is a practical portfolio based assessment with a task that is chosen by the teacher or learner and is produced in an appropriate programming language. The qualification is suitable for anyone intending to pursue a career in which an understanding of technology is needed. Computer Science is a very creative subject and skills such as problem solving and analytical thinking will all be refined and explored as you progress through the learning and assessment programme.

Course content

A Level

Computer Systems: 140 marks, written paper, 40% of total A Level Algorithms and Programming: 140 marks, written paper, 40% of total A Level

Entry requirements

Computing grade 6 or Maths grade 5/6


The A Level in Computer Science is a linear qualification with 100% terminal external assessment at the end of Year 13. This qualification consists of two examined components (01 and 02), externally assessed by OCR, and one internally assessed and moderated non exam assessment component (03 or 04).


Exams A Level - Computer systemn 140 marks, written paper, 40% of total A level

Algorithms and Programming: 140 marks, written paper, 40% of total A level

Financial information

Access to a computer and the Internet from home would be beneficial. The programs used in this qualification are free to download for use at home.

Future opportunities

The skills developed in Computer Science will be beneficial in many careers, however some specific careers include: Network manager, Games Developer, Software Developer, Information Systems Manager, Programmer, Network Engineer , Database Administrator, Support Technician.

Further information

For further information contact the Sixth Form on 01937 846612

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: 10 January 2018
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