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Computer Science A level at Wadham School

Course description

We all take the internet and computer games for granted, but at some point someone who studied computer science had a hand in creating them. All around us is evidence of expertise in computing, not just in terms of how computers and programming work but the higher-level analytical skills required. Computer Science will encourage learners to be inspired, motivated and challenged by following a broad, coherent, practical, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It will provide insight into, and experience of how computer science works, stimulating learners’ curiosity and encouraging them to engage with computer science in their everyday lives and to make informed choices about further study or career choices.

Students wanting to study Computer Science at AS/A Level need to be determined problem solvers with an inventive and resourceful mind. They will have already enjoyed creating computer programs at GCSE and will be hungry for more challenge.

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved at least grade B in Computer Science (or equivalent) at GCSE and at least 4 other subjects at A*-C at GCSE, ideally including grade B in maths.


Exam Board AQA

AS Level:

Paper 1 - On-screen exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (50% of AS)

Paper 2 - Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (50% of AS)

A Level:

Paper 1 - On-screen exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (40% of A Level)

Paper 2 -Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (40% of A Level) Non-exam assessment – programming task (20% of A Level)


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years