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A Level Computer Science

Information and Communication Technology

Information and Communication Technology
Information and Communication Technology

What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title GCE A Level in Computer Science
Code Computer Science
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3


A-level Computer Science encourages students to develop:

  • an understanding of, and the ability to apply, the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • the ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so
  • the capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • the capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science
  • mathematical skills related to Boolean algebra, comparison and complexity of algorithms and number representations and bases.
  • the ability to articulate the individual (moral), social (ethical), legal and cultural opportunities and risks of digital technology.


Programme and Course Content:

Topics include:

  • Fundamentals of programming
  • Fundamentals of data structures
  • Fundamentals of algorithms
  • Theory of computation
  • 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
  • Systematic approach to problem solving
  • Non-exam assessment - the computing practical project

Students undertake two exams (80%) and a controlled assessment (20%); an exam on programming, an exam on theory and a personal practical programming task.

How will it be delivered?

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at 4 or above including: English and Mathematics at 5 or above.

Your next steps...

Students can progress onto various courses related to Computer Science and ICT.  Also STEM vocations and University.


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