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Computer Science A Level at Poole High School

Course description

Studying the A-Level Computer Science course at Poole High School will get you working with real-world, practical programming techniques that will give you a good understanding of not only what makes technology work, but also provide you with the skills and abilities to develop your own software.


Computer Science is a subject based on mathematical and scientific principles that explores the use of technology to solve problems and improve the world we live in. Programming in C# forms a very significant part of the A-Level Computer Science course. A-Level Computer Science builds upon knowledge developed at GCSE, but is also open to those students who did not study at GCSE and wish to embark on a new challenge. 

Course content

  • Programming techniques and algorithm implementation using C#
  • Binary and Hexadecimal number systems
  • Development and implementing standard algorithms (e.g. Bubble Sort)
  • Modifying and manipulating SQL databases. 


Which students do well at A-Level Computer Science?

  • …those who have logical, mathematical and scientific minds
  • …those who have an interest understanding how computer programming works
  • …those who like a challenge and don’t give up easily
  • …those who enjoy solving difficult problems using technical tools. 

Entry requirements

  • C in GCSE English
  • GCSE Maths – Grade B (GCSE Computer Science – Grade B – If taken) 


Two final exams worth 40% each and an investigative coursework module worth 20% of your final A-Level grade. 

Financial information

Text books, tuition and course materials are provided free, however contributions are requested from parents for trips and visits that may support learning in school. Some students will be eligible for the 16-19 Bursary Fund, which is a government-provided fund for sixth form students facing financial hardship. It can help towards costs for travel, equipment (for example in PE or Food Technology), trips and books.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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