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Computing AS/A-Level at Haydon School

Course description

Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. Both qualifications require computational thinking, helping students to develop the skills of problem solving, designing systems and understanding the power and limits of human and machine intelligence.

Course content


The AS course will consist of two units, each externally assessed and weighted at 50% each.

Unit 1 Computer Principles

In this unit, students gain an understanding of the characteristics of contemporary processors, software and software development.

Unit 2 Algorithms and Problem Solving

In this unit, students gain an understanding of the principles of computational thinking, problem solving, programming and algorithms.


This A Level will consist of three units, two of which will be externally assessed exams making up 80% of the qualification.  The other 20% will consist of a course work project which is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Unit 1 Computer Systems

In this unit, students learn about the components of a computer and their uses, types of software and the methodologies used to develop them.

Unit 2 Algorithms and Programming

In this unit, students learn what is meant by computational thinking, how computers and programs are used to solve problems and the use of algorithms to describe problems.

Unit 3 Programming Project

For the coursework component students analyse, design, develop, test, evaluate and document a program written in a suitable programming language.

Future opportunities

Both the AS and A Level provide the foundations to study the subject at a higher level and will also be an excellent grounding for other subject areas that require computational thinking and analytical skills.

Computer games developer, Web designer, App developer, Programmer to name but a few.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years