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Computer Science A Level at New College Pontefract

Course description

Computer Science covers the technical aspects of computers, such as computer architecture, networking, database and programming as well as the theory of computation and the moral, ethical, legal and cultural issues surrounding the subject. It is an intensely creative subject that enables students to develop skills in analysis, problem solving, invention and innovation and investigates the relationships between the natural and digital worlds.

Course content


  • Fundamentals of programming, data structures, data representation and algorithms
  • Theory of computation
  • Fundamentals of computer systems, organisation and architecture
  • Consequences of uses of computing
  • Communication and networking
  • Databases
  • Functional programming


Entry requirements

Level 4 English Language, Level 6 Maths and Level 6 in Computer science

Financial information

Financial support can be provided to students of families who are on low income to help with extra costs of staying on in education. If you need any further information please visit our website or contact student services.

Future opportunities

This course will provide an opportunity to continue your studies at university on a wide variety of pathways including Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Games Programming and Software Engineering, as well as a range of joint degrees.

Further information

How much private study should I expect to do?
As an approximate guideline A-Level subjects require four to five hours of independent study each week.


What materials will I need to purchase?
You will benefit greatly from having Microsoft Office. Student licences can be purchased privately at a cost of approximately £60 from

What is the exam board?

This subject is for you if...

you enjoy problem solving, are a competent mathematician and have a keen interest in Computing.


This subject is not for you if…

you find it difficult to prepare for exams.

“I have really enjoyed my course because my teacher has helped me a lot and inspired me to stay on next year to continue studying this subject.”

Ben Davey, Royds Language College

“It’s a challenging course but I learnt a lot about how computers fit into daily society. It helps me to understand the world as well as computers.”

Dan Hunt, Minsthorpe Community College






A Level Computer Science is for you if: You enjoy problem solving, are a competent mathematician and have a keen interest in Computing

A Level Computer Science is not for you if: You find it difficult to prepare for exams

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 October 2017
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