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A Level ICT at The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls

Course description

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

Non-exam assessment - the computing practical project 

Entry requirements

GCSE Maths, English and ICT grade B or above


Paper 1

This paper tests your  ability to program, as well as your theoretical knowledge of Computer Science from subject content 1-4 above plus the skills required from section 13 above.

Method of Assessment

• On-screen exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

• 40% of A-level


Paper 2

This paper tests your ability to answer questions from subject content 5-12 above.

Method of Assessment

• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

• 40% of A-level


Non-exam assessment

The non-exam assessment assesses your 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 above.

Method of Assessment

• 75 marks

• 20% of A-level

Future opportunities

Computer Science is a discipline regarded as a core science alongside Physics, Chemistry and Biology. So if you are looking to take a science based course at university, Computer Science would be accepted on an equal basis to one of the more traditional sciences.

In terms of employment, computing jobs are among the highest paid and have the highest job satisfaction. Computing is very often associated with innovation, and developments in computing tend to drive it. The possibilities for future developments are expected to be even greater than they have been in the past.

You can progress to higher education or a career in computing

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 05 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years