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A Level in 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 1234571
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Aims of the course: 

The course is not about learning to use tools or just training in a programming language. Instead the emphasis is on computational thinking. Computational thinking is a kind of reasoning used by both humans and machines. Thinking computationally is an important life skill. Thinking computationally means using abstraction and decomposition. The study of computation is about what can be computed and how to compute it. Computer Science involves questions that have the potential to change how we view the world. For example, we may be computing with DNA at some stage in the future, with computer circuits made of genes. This leads to the question, does the natural world ‘compute’? 


A Level Computer Science

Paper 1: Assessment

  • On-screen exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 40% of A Level

Students answer a series of short questions

and write/adapt/extend programs in an

electronic answer document provided by the exam board.

AQA will issue preliminary material, a skeleton program (available in each of the programming languages) and, where appropriate, test data, for use in the exam.


Paper 2: Assessment

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 40% of A Level

Students will answer a series of short-answer and extended-answer


These questions will assess the students’ theoretical understanding of the principles of computation and computer systems.

How will it be delivered?

Lesson are taught in ICT bespoke rooms, with teacher led sessions for the first part, followed by student lead investigation.  There is a potential opportunity to visit a professional software development company located at the University of Hull.

Entry requirements

Recommended that you have complete the GCSE Computer Science course (Grade 5 or above) – but not essential. 

At least a good pass (Grade 5 or above) in English and Maths GCSE qualifications 


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