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Computer Science A Level at Northampton Academy

Course description

Computer Science encourages students to be problem solvers. The course is academic in nature and covers some theory elements in depth, while also placing an equal emphasis on programming and developing solutions to problems.

Course content

The course is organised into a series of subject content modules which are then assessed across two exams and a practical project.

Paper 1 will test a student’s ability to program along with their knowledge of the fundamentals of programming, data structures and algorithms, theory of computation and systematic approach to problem solving.

Paper 2 will be theory based, covering fundamentals of data representation, computer systems, computer organisation and architecture, communication and networking, databases and functional programming, and consequences of using computers. The Computing Practical Project is internally assessed through coursework. Students will be expected to solve or investigate a practical problem, following a systematic approach to problem solving. This specification encourages candidates to gain an understanding of systematic methods – such as the use of algorithms and test strategies, the maintenance of computer systems, and the skills associated with documenting solutions – and encourages candidates to further develop skills associated with applying this knowledge and understanding to producing computer-based solutions to real problems.

Entry requirements

At least 5 A*- C equivalents at GCSE including English Language and Mathematics, with a minimum of grade 6 in Mathematics or Computer Science.


Examination board: AQA Advanced Level GCE in Computer Science. Three units, one internally assessed, the other two being externally assessed.

Future opportunities

Computing students develop technical skills and knowledge as well as the ability to communicate clearly, plan and manage a project and solve complex problems. A qualification in Computing opens up an incredible world of opportunities for work, not only in the technology industry but also in supporting roles within other industries – from designing and building software for phones and gadgets to designing systems used by major corporations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Northampton Academy directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2017
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