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Computer Science A level at Nower Hill High School

Course description

This specification gives a general grounding in computing, including an understanding of computer systems, the principles of programming, and the solving of problems.

Course content

Programming constitutes a significant proportion of the course, building on skills developed at GCSE. Student will develop skills in computational thinking, problem solving and using Algorithms.

How computer systems work including processors, software, data types, data structures, algorithms as well as the legal, moral, cultural, ethical issues associate with the use of computer systems.

Mathematical skills in relation to computer science and computational thinking.

Computational thinking to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence.

Applying the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems as part of the programming project which includes analysis, design, development and evaluation of a solution.

Entry requirements

Maths GCSE grade B or above and Computing GCSE at grade C or above.


Written paper         

  • Paper 1 Computer Systems    40% of total A level
  • Paper 2 Algorithms and          40% of total A level 
  • Programming 


  • Programming project               20% of total A level    

Future opportunities

Excellent preparation for students wishing to pursue further studies or careers in computing.

Further information

What Equipment or materials will I need?

Standard stationery and writing materials, plus storage facility eg CD/USB flash drive.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nower Hill High School directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years