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Computer Science A Level at North Leamington School

Course description

Advances in computing are transforming the way we work and the new Computer Science specification is changing with the times.

A-Level Computer Science focuses on the skills students need to progress to higher education or thrive in the workplace.

The course is focused around using Computer Programming languages to solve problems and how computers operate internally.

Course content

1. Fundamentals of programming
2. Fundamentals of data structures
3. Fundamentals of algorithms
4. Theory of computation
5. Fundamentals of data representation
6. Fundamentals of computer systems
7. Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture
8. Consequences of uses of computing
9. Fundamentals of communication and networking
10. Fundamentals of databases
11. Big Data
12. Fundamentals of functional programming
13. Systematic approach to problem solving
14. Non-exam assessment – the computing practical project

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs or equivalent including Maths and English at grade 5 or above and an additional 3 at grade A*- C.

Excellent attendance during Year 11 (at least above 90%).

Behaviour and attitude to learning across all GCSE subjects studied to be at least good.

In exceptional circumstances students with a good GCSE profile but have not achieved either Maths or English to a grade 5 at the start of the programme may be considered.

We encourage all students to start with a 3 A level programme. However, in exceptional circumstances, we will consider a student studying a 4th subject. 


Paper 1

What’s assessed: this paper tests a student’s ability to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of Computer Science from subject content 1-4 listed and the skills required from section 13.

quired from section 13. Assessed On-screen exam: 2 hours 30 minutes 40% of A-level

Paper 2

What’s assessed: this paper tests a student’s ability to answer questions from subject content 5-12 listed.

Assessed Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes 40% of A-level


Non-exam assessment

What’s assessed: the non-exam assessment assesses student’s ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve or investigate a practical problem. Students will be expected to follow a systematic approach to problem solving, as shown in section 13.

Assessed 75 marks 20% of A-level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Leamington School directly.

Last updated date: 24 February 2017
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