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Computer Science A Level at Woodroffe School

Course description

Computer Science concentrates on learning how to programme and create software to solve problems. In computing students will learn how to programme using the programming language Visual Basic as well as Small Basic Python and Scratch.

Have you ever wanted to create a computer game or create and crack complex codes? If so, Computing is for you.

Course content

Years 12 & 13

Paper 1 – Computing Principles. Topics covered include Characteristics of contemporary systems architecture, Software and software development, Exchanging data, Data types, representation and structures and Legal and ethical issues

Paper 2 – Algorithms and Problem Solving. Topics covered include Computational thinking, Problem solving and programming, Software development methodologies and Algorithms: Analysis and design Paper 3 - Programming Project: Students will develop a real life programming project of their choice. this could include an app or designing a new game.

Entry requirements

No previous knowledge of computer programming is required, although a GCSE Grade 6 or above in Maths is required.


Paper 1 – Two hour 30 minute exam which forms 40% of the A Level mark
Paper 2 – Two hour 30 minute exam which forms 40% of the A Level mark
Paper 3 - Non-exam assessment which forms 20% of the A Level mark

Further information

Almost every career involves some aspects of Computing and having knowledge and skills in this area is essential to all. Students will also have the opportunity to pursue new and exciting careers such as artificial intelligence, nano technology, game design, web design and many more. The computing industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy and there is great demand for people with the right skills. There is currently a major skills shortage in this area.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 March 2017
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