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Computer Science A Level at S. Peter's Collegiate School - A CofE Academy

Course description

Advances in computing are transforming the way we work and this course allows a flexible, accessible and rigorous qualification to be delivered. This exciting new specification brings the study of Computer Science up to date for the 21st century. It has the backing of a range of industries, higher education and the National Computing Centre.

The key points of this specification are that:

  • It allows great opportunities for practical work
  • Practical work can be carried out using a wide range of software and hardware.
  • It allows for greater flexibility in modes of delivery
  • Students can be truly engaged in their studies by becoming active investigators rather than passive learners
  • There are greater opportunities for effective personalised learning, target setting and for differentiated outcomes
  • It builds on, rather than replicates, students’ computer science knowledge


Course content

Paper 1

What is assessed

This paper tests a student's ability to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of Computer Science from subject content 1-4 above and the skills required from:

  • Fundamentals of programming
  • Fundamentals of data structures
  • Fundamentals of algorithms
  • Theory of computation


• On-screen exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

• 40% of A-level


Students answer a series of short questions and write/adapt/extend programs in an Electronic Answer Document provided by the examination board. Preliminary Material, a Skeleton Program and, where appropriate, test data, for use in the exam will be provided

Paper 2


What is assessed:

This paper tests a student's ability to answer questions from:

  • Fundamentals of data representation
  • Fundamentals of computer systems
  • Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture
  • Consequences of uses of computing
  • Fundamentals of communication and networking
  • Fundamentals of databases
  • Big Data
  • Fundamentals of functional programming


• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

• 40% of A-level


Compulsory short-answer and extended-answer questions

Paper 3

What is assessed:

The non-exam assessment assesses student's ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve or investigate a practical problem. Students will be expected to follow a systematic approach to problem solving.


• 75 marks

• 20% of A-level

Entry requirements

GCSE Maths B

AND ONE OF Computing B Science B English B

GCSE APS of 41

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact S. Peter's Collegiate School - A CofE Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 December 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September