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Computer Science AS/A Level at Northallerton School & Sixth Form College

Course description

Computer Science is a practical subject where students will apply the acdemic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems. It is an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, that can look at the natural world through a digital prism. Computer Science develops computational thinking, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence. 

Course content

Students are expected to be well organised and develop good independent leaming skills. There is a mixture of theory and practical sessions, independent study and computing workshops. 
AS Level:
Unit 1:Computing Principles
Unit 2:Algorithms and Problem Solving
A Level:
Unit 1:Computing Principles
Unit 2:Algorithms and Problem Solving
Unit 3:Programming Project

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE'S or above (including English and Maths Grade 6 or above)


At AS, students are assessed by a terminal examination with each unit representing 50% of the final grade.

At A2 students are assessed by two examinations each representing 40% of the final grade and a programming project representing 20% of the final grade.

Future opportunities

A level Computer Science will give students a clear progression into higher education to study a wide range of computing related topics. The course was designed in consultation with members of the British Computer Society. Computing at Schools and top universities. It also gives a solid foundation for a career in programming or other computing-related careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Northallerton School & Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 29 November 2016

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