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A2 Computer Science - Academic Pathway at Furze Platt Senior School

Course description

Computer Science covers a broad range of topics that will relate to the way in which computers operate, are designed and allow people to interact with modern systems. 

It will allow the learner to achieve a deeper understanding of Computers and the relevant systems alongside developing transferrable skills that are equally sort in a variety of disciplines from Maths to the Sciences. 


Course content

Learners will be introduced to how computers functions, are programmed and can appreciate what ethical considerations are needed required when introducing automated systems into society. The course will consist of programming elements that will introduce learners to a variety of programming languages. It will also provide a foundation for learners to understand how computers process and organise data as well as knowing how systems and fail safes are in place to ensure data security and reliability. 



Entry requirements

It is advisable that GCSE Maths should be a Level 6 to be considered on this course.

GCSE English language should also be a Level 5. 


Learners will be assessed in a number of ways throughout their time on the A-level course: 


• End of topic tests

• Group projects and presentations

• Class discussions

• Extended written assignments


External terminal exams and assessments are split between the following elements:


 Paper 1 – Programming skills (40%)

o 2hour 30mins online exam where students will be asked a number of short questions and asked to write/adapt/extend program segments in a digital answer booklet.


 Paper 2 – Computer Science Theory (40%) 

o 2hours 30mins paper based exam consisting of short and extended answers.


 Non-exam assessment (20%)

o Students will complete a personal project to showcase their ability to learn a new programming language or investigate/solve a computer science based problem. 





Future opportunities

Learners will be able to progress onto a number of course at degree level: not all relating to computer based course. 

Computer Science
Software Engineering
Sponsored Degrees

These are just a few of the areas of study that A-level Computer Science could take you in the future. 

Further information

For further information, please contact the Sixth Form Department: or Tel: 01628-625308 ext. 651


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: 08 January 2019
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: ACCS19
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