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Computer Science A-level at Wales High School and Business and Enterprise College with Applied Learning

Course description

Course Overview

This two year course looks at how large and small computer systems are designed, developed and installed and gives practical experience of developing computer programs.


Examination Board

The Examination Board for this course is EDUQAS.


Where can this lead?

This course could lead to a career as a Software Engineer, Systems Analyst or Network Technician.  It also demonstrates good knowledge of problem solving which can be transferred to many different areas. 

You could become the next Bill Gates, Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg!


Course Breakdown

This is a linear qualification so Components 1, 2 and 3 will be delivered during Lower and Upper Sixth.


  • Component 1: A written paper which investigates programs, data structures, algorithms, logic, programming methodologies and the impact of computer science on society (40%, 2 hours 45 minutes).


  • Component 2: A written paper which investigates computer architecture, communication, data representation, organisation and structure of data, programs, algorithms and software applications (40% 2 hours 45 minutes).


  • Component 3: This is the practical module of the course.  A substantial piece of practical work in which you will discuss, investigate, design, prototype, refine and implement, test and evaluate a computerised solution to a problem of your choice.  C++ will be used as the programming language (20%).


Enrichment Opportunities

Students will benefit from daily lunchtime and after school sessions.  Students are also able to use spare computers within the department in lesson time.

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 5 or above (or equivalent), including English (grade 6) and Mathematics (grade 6).  It is not necessary for you to have studied Computer Science at GCSE - we welcome beginners.  However, if you have been fortunate enough to study this subject as GCSE, we would expect to see a grade of 6 or higher.  If you are concerned about your suitability for this course, please do not be afraid to ask.

Further information

This is a two year course leading to a full A-Level qualification.  The qualification is entirely assessed at the end of Year 13.  The practical work is assessed by coursework which is internally marked and externally moderated.  Programming tasks will be undertaken using C++ via Borland.  Students will be provided with the software to install for use at home. 

For further information, please contact - Mr P Brown /

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: 26 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September