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Computer Science A level at Bishop Challoner Catholic College

Course description

The study of Computer Science requires the ability to decompose the bigger picture of a problem, into smaller easier to manage chunks. The logic of this is then underpinned by a study of the foundations and fundamental aspects of the subject.

Course content

What will I learn?

The subject is highly demanding but equally as rewarding for those who have the necessary effort and curiosity for a subject of this nature.

During your first year of study you will complete two computing modules, ‘Computing Principles’ and ‘Algorithms and Problem Solving’. Computing Principles includes topics such as Components of a Computer; Software and Software Development; Data Types, Structures, Algorithms and Exchanging Data. Algorithms and Problem Solving is focused around the idea of computational thinking with practical programming running as a core thread in the teaching and learning of the topics.

In addition to the two modules that are studied at AS, students complete a further three modules in their second year: Computer Systems; Algorithms & Programming and a Programming Project. Computer Systems and Algorithms & Programming build upon the knowledge that you will have undertaken in the AS course and topics from both years teaching are used to compile your assessments. The programming project is a full scale software engineering project that you will undertake as the practical aspect for this award. The project will see you analyse, research, design, program, test and evaluate solutions that you write for a given scenario; in effect you will undertake an industry like software project.

Entry requirements

A GCSE grade of 6 or higher is required in Mathematics and at least a grade B in GCSE Computing.


How will I be assessed?


• Computing Principles – 1 hour 15 minutes written paper – 50%

• Algorithms and Problem Solving – 1 hour 15 minutes written paper – 50%

A Level

• Computing Systems – 2 hour 30 minutes written paper – 40%

• Algorithms and Problem Solving – 2 hour 30 minutes written paper – 40%

• Programming Project – 20%

Future opportunities

Where might this course take me?

The Computer Science A Level is an excellent qualification. The course will provide you with a clear path for progression into higher education with the course itself, designed in consultation with BCS – The Chartered Institute, CAS (Computing at School) and top universities.

The Computer Science course combines particularly well with a portfolio of Mathematics, Physics, Economics, and Business Studies, but also complements the study of other courses due to the skills set acquired. The subject’s emphasis on problem solving, modelling and programming makes it highly transferable and suitable for many career pathways.

Computer Science’s role in modern industry is ever evolving and expanding and the skills set acquired through study plays a vital role in software engineering; finance; business analysis; games development; multimedia programming; systems analysis; web development and teaching.

Given the ever changing digital landscape of the world, Computer Science is only going to become increasingly sought after by the higher education institutions and industry also, having a qualification in Computer Science can give you the edge over other candidates.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 18 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September