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Computer Science A level at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School

Course description

Component 1: Computer systems
This component will introduce students to the internal workings of the Central Processing Unit (CPU), the exchange of data and will also look at software development, data types and legal and ethical issues. It is expected that learners will draw on this underpinning content when studying computational thinking, developing programming techniques and devising their own programming approach in the Programming project component.
Component 2: Algorithms and programming
This component will incorporate and build on the knowledge and understanding gained in the Computer systems component (01). In addition, students should:
  • understand what is meant by computational thinking,
  • understand the benefits of applying computational thinking to solving a wide variety of problems,
  • understand the principles of solving problems by computational methods,
  • be able to use algorithms to describe problems  
  • be able to analyse a problem by identifying its component parts.
Component 3: Programming project
Students will be expected to analyse, design, develop, test, evaluate and document a program written in a suitable programming language. The underlying approach to the project is to apply the principles of computational thinking to a practical coding problem. Students are expected to apply appropriate principles from an agile development approach to the project development.

Entry requirements

To follow a programme of A-Level subjects, students must have a minimum of 5.5 GCSE points from at least six GCSEs, which must include English and Mathematics (at grade 5). 
In order to study a subject at A-Level that has been studied at GCSE it is necessary to have at least a grade C (grade 5 if English) in that subject.
GCSE equivalence grades at C or above, from courses such as BTECs can only be
counted as one of the six grades required for entry to the Sixth Form. These will not be sufficient to study Mathematics or Science at AS Level.
All students must have a good record of conduct and be comfortable with the values and the ethos of the academy. All students will be interviewed and references sought for external candidates.
Progress from Year 12 to Year 13 is not automatic and is dependent upon a successful first year and a pass grade in the progression exams taken at the end of Year 12.


1. Computer Systems: written exam: 2 hr 30 min: 40% of A level

2. Algorithms and Programming: written exam: 2 hr 30 min: 40% of A level

3. Programming Project: non-exam assessment: 20% of A level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 23 December 2016

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