What is Computer Science?

Computer Science is one of the fastest-changing areas of applied technology. The course aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the main elements of computer science.


Topics covered include:


  • Algorithms
  • Software Development
  • Programming
  • Fundamentals of data representation
  • Computer systems
  • Computer networks
  • Cyber security
  • Moral, ethical and legal issues

What will I study?

The focus of the course is to nurture confidence and competence in the practical use of computer-based systems to develop solutions for real-world problems.

Student will develop applications in one of the following computer languages: C#, Python, Java or Visual Basic.

What will I gain from studying the subject?

You will develop an understanding of the nature and principles of Computer Science, and knowledge and understanding of the techniques used to design and write programs.

How is it assessed?

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes- 40% of GCSE
  • Written exam set in practically based scenarios: 1 hour 30 minutes – 40% of GCSE
  • Report based on solving a practical programming problem: 20% of A-level


Exam Board: AQA

What do I need?

  • Good problem solving and logical thinking skills, such as those used in solving puzzles.
  • Good basic numeracy
  • A talent for creativity
  • No previous computing experience is required for this course.



Is there any coursework?

There is an individual coursework project worth 20% of the A level marks.

Do I need a computer?

Though the college has computer labs for teaching sessions and for student use, most students find it useful to have their own computer for the individual coursework project.

Do I need any special software?

Yes, you will using an integrated development environment (IDE) to develop applications. The choice of IDE will be determined once you begin at the college This IDE software can be obtained at no cost.