Computer Science A Level

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code TRC18
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Computer Science gives you the opportunity to demonstrate, and develop, your strengths in mathematical reasoning, logical thinking and problem solving. 


Year 1

1 Fundamentals of programming.
2 Fundamentals of data structures.
3 Fundamentals of algorithms.
4 Theory of computation.
5 Fundamentals of data representation.
6 Fundamentals of computer systems.
7 Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture.
8 Consequences of uses of computing.
9 Fundamentals of communication and networking.

Year 2 (Above in more detail, plus:)

10 Fundamentals of databases.
11 Big Data.
12 Fundamentals of functional programming.
13 Non-exam assessment - the computing practical project.


Study Visits

University visits focused on studying Computing courses at Sheffield University & Sheffield Hallam University.


How will it be delivered?

Paper 1 (40% of A Level):
On screen exam with practical programming & short answer theory questions.
Using a skeleton C# program.
Topics 1-4.
2 hours 30 minutes.

Paper 2 (40% of A Level):
Written exam with short & extended answer questions.
Topics 5-12.
2 hours 30 minutes.

Non Exam Assessment (20% of A Level):
Assesses a student?s ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course.
Must solve a (real-life) practical problem.
Large scope for potential projects.
Able to use any language or IDE (may require your own laptop).

Entry requirements

Minimum average GCSE score required 4.5. Grade 6 Maths. 

Your next steps...

This course could lead onto higher education in areas of Computing and ICT or more general higher education courses as the course offers skills that are useful in lots of subjects. With further training you could go into a job directly related to Computing such as a Computer Programmer, ICT Technician, Network Manager, Website Developer, Data Analyst, IT Consultant and Information Systems Manager.