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Computer Science A Level at Carmel College

Course description

Computer Science is a traditional course for those interest in following a career in Computer Programming; Systems Analysis; Network Engineering or any other Computer Science related career path.

During the course you will gain an in-depth understanding of how the computer works and what it can do. It is suited to those who want to extend perhaps their personal interest in computers, or to develop skills such as programming.

Course content

The A Level specification introduces students to the internal workings of the Central Processing Unit (CPU), how data is exchanged, how to develop software and the legal and ethical issues associated with the use of computer systems.

Students will be encouraged to use computational thinking and utilise algorithms to solve problems. The specification will provide insight into, and experience of how computer science works, stimulating your curiosity.

Entry requirements

You will need GCSE grade B in Maths.


You will be assessed through two exams and a piece of coursework. The exams will be sat at the end of the two year course.

  • Unit 1 Computer Systems (exam) – 40% of total A Level
  • Unit 2 Algorithms and Programming (exam) – 40% of total A Level
  • Unit 3 Programming Project (coursework) – 20% of total A Level

Future opportunities

Computer Science courses have progression routes to Computing HND and Degree courses. For Computer Science degrees, A Level Maths is also required. Computing appears in a number of joint or related subjects, e.g. Geography and Computing.

Further information

What support will I receive?

All students receive extra support via individual and group tutorials throughout the academic year as required. Revision classes are scheduled prior to modular examinations.

What is the department like?

There are 6 dedicated computer suites with wireless internet connection, printing facilities, interactive whiteboards and multi-media projectors. In addition to these we also have a theory classroom. Students also take part in workshops on a range of topics such as website development at Manchester Metropolitan and Liverpool Hope Universities

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Carmel College directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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