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Computer Science A Level at Hessle High School and Sixth Form College

Course description

The following topics are studied on the course:

  • Programming
  • Data Structures
  • Algorithms
  • Theory of Computation
  • Data Presentation
  • Computer Systems
  • Computer Organization and Architecture
  • Uses of Computing - Consequences
  • Communication and Networking
  • Databases
  • Big Data
  • Functional Programming
  • Problem Solving - A Systematic Approach

You will also complete a computing practical project.

Entry requirements

The course would be suitable for you if you enjoyed GCSE Computer Science and gained a grade B or above in the subject. You will also need a grade 5 in GCSE English and grade 6 in GCSE Maths for entry onto the course.


80% examination (2 papers) and 20% practical project (marked internally).

The practical project will require you to complete a computing investigation or solve a real problem. You can choose the topic for your project from an area of computing that interests you and your aim will be to create a programmed solution. Examples could include:

  • a computer game
  • a data processing problem
  • an app for a mobile phone or tablet
  • investigating machine learning algorithms

Future opportunities

This A Level has been created to get students working with real-world programming and provides a good understanding of the fundamental principals of computing. It focuses on the knowledge, skills and understanding that you will need to progress either to higher education or to the workplace. Future career roles could include games developer, systems analyst, IT consultant and web designer.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hessle High School and Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 25 September 2017

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