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Computer Science AS/A-Level at Rickmansworth School

Course description

Do you get a ‘buzz’ from solving puzzles and problems? Computer Science is a natural science which develops computational thinking which is used to solve a large variety of interesting problems. It is also considered an important life skill underpinning many careers.

During the course, students learn computer programming using Pascal and Lazarus - a valuable, useful and interesting skill. They then apply this skill by writing programs of their own to solve problems.

The course also deals with computer hardware, software, software engineering, databases, networking and the Internet – and how these can solve problems.

Entry requirements

B Grade in Maths or B Grade in Computer Science.


AS LEVEL - comprised of two exams:

COMPONENT 1 On-Screen Programming 1.5 hr exam 50% of AS Level mark

COMPONENT 2 Written Theory 1.5 hr exam 50% of AS Level mark

A LEVEL - comprised of three components:

COMPONENT 1 On-Screen Programming 2.5 hr exam 40% of A Level mark

COMPONENT 2 Written Theory 2.5 hr exam 40% of A Level mark

COMPONENT 3 Practical project 20% of A Level mark

Future opportunities

The A Level is excellent preparation for a Computer Science related degree (Computer Science, Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence). It gives students an enormous advantage over the majority of other students on such a course who have not had the opportunity to study Computer Science A Level. Students can study Computer Science and use it to go on to a career in Medicine, Law, Business, Politics or any type of Science. Direct entry into the computing industry is also made easier with a Computer Science A Level.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years