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Computer Science A Level at Nelson Thomlinson School

Course description

Course Content

• Advanced data representation (floating point binary).

• Problem solving (analysing algorithms).

• Advanced programming (object oriented and recursive functions).

• Databases.

• Networks.

• Operating Systems.

Entry requirements

At least a Grade B in GCSE Mathematics.

Student Attributes

  • Motivated, independent worker.
  • Logical thought processes.
  • Good analytical skills and an ability to break down problems into smaller components.
  • Prepared to allocate time outside lessons to practising and experimenting with computer programming skills.


Paper 1: 40% of A Level; 2 hour 30 minutes; On screen exam, short answer questions, plus a programming challenge based in previously analysed skeleton code.

Paper 2: 40% of A Level; 2 hour 30 minutes; written short and extended answer questions.

Coursework: 20% of A Level; extended coursework project, developing a unique solution using as many advanced programming techniques as possible. This includes a project write-up

Future opportunities

Computer Science can lead directly into the computing industry, developing websites, making games or writing applications for industry as well as working in network or database administration. Skills can be applied across science subjects to aid in collecting and analysing data. Computer Science is useful in preparing students for courses in Science and Engineering.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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