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Computer Science A-level at Springwood High School

Course description

This specification has been designed for students who wish to go on to higher education courses or employment where knowledge of Computer Science would be beneficial.

Course content

The course is not about learning to use tools or training in a programming language instead the emphasis is on computational thinking, a kind of reasoning used by both humans and machines. It is a practical, creative subject that combines invention and excitement. It values computational thinking helping learners to develop skills to problem solve, design systems and understand the power and limitations of human and machine intelligence. Learners will develop an ability to analyse, critically evaluate and make decisions.

Unit 1 - Computer Systems

Unit 2 - Algorithms and Programming

Unit 3 - Programming Project

Entry requirements

A minimum of five A* -C grades at GCSE. Grade B in GCSE Mathematics & GCSE Computing. A grade B in GCSE ICT or a Merit in Btec Level 2 ICT will be looked at providing there is experience in programming.


Unit 1 - Computer Systems: Assessed by examination, 40% of the marks.

Unit 2 - Algorithms and Programming: Assessed by examination, 40% of the marks.

Unit 3 - Programming Project: Assessed by coursework, 20% of the marks.

Future opportunities

One can study Computer Science and go on to a career in medicine, law, business, politics or any type of science. Alternatively, there are many career paths within the discipline Including 3D animator, games developer, graphic designer, network administrator, programmer, software developer, system analyst , hardware developer, database administrator and web designer.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years