Why study it?
Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom
to real-world systems. It’s an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, and can look at
the natural world through a digital prism.
There is a focus on computer programming, building on GCSE Computing
and emphasis on the importance of computational thinking as a discipline. The subject has an expanded maths
focus, much of which will be embedded within the course. The course puts computational thinking at its core, helping
students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence.
What will I study?
• Contemporary Processors
• Input, Output and Storage devices
• Software and software development
• Data Types
• Legal, Cultural, Moral and Ethical Issues
• Elements of Computational Thinking
• Programming and problem solving
Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics and grade 4 in English
Computer Science is useful for a range of degree level
subjects including: Medicine, Maths, Statistics, Law,
Computing, Business, Politics, Animation and many more.
Students who take Computer Science progress to a
broad range of careers including:
Systems Analyst, Games Developer, Network Engineer, IT
Consultant, Statistical Analyst, Artificial Intelligence Design
and many more.
Students who have studied A-Level
Computer Science are now working for: Apple, Google,
Spotify, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Ford, Barclays and
many more ‘blue chip’ companies.