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Computer Science A Level at Park High School

Course description

Computer Science is a linear qualification with 100% external assessment. It is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems. There is a great emphasis on mathematical skills used to solve problems.

Course content

The two examined components are:

‘Computing principles’, and ‘Algorithms and programming

For the ‘Computing principles’ component, students will learn about the following topics: the characteristics of contemporary processors; input, output and storage devices; software and software development; programming; exchanging data; data types, data structures and algorithms; legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues.

For the ‘Algorithms and programming’ component, students will: understand what is meant by computational thinking; understand the benefits of applying computational thinking to solving problems, and be able to use algorithms to describe problems.

For their programming project, students will choose a computing problem to work through according to the guidance of the specification. This requires them to analyse, design, develop and evaluate a solution.

Entry requirements

GCSE grades (minimum) required to enrol on to this course:

Grade 6 or above in Computer Science Grade 4 in English Language Grade 5 in Maths


Unit 1 - Computer Systems - Assessed through written assessment - 40% weighting

Unit 2 - Algorithms and Programming - Assessed through written assessment - 40% weighting

Unit 3 - Marked by the teacher - 20% weighting

Future opportunities

This qualification can lead to degree level courses with possibilities including Computer Science, Multimedia, Web Design, Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Business Systems and Electronics.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 December 2017
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