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Computer Science 2020/2022

In Computing, we aim to give students the skills, knowledge, and understanding to thrive in the digital world. We help students develop their problem solving skills by breaking down large tasks and following logical thinking. Programming is a key component of any computer science qualification and you will develop these skills through problem solving scenarios using an algorithmic approach. We are supported by fully equipped computer rooms with access to high quality IT support.


Advances in Computing are transforming the way Computer Scientists work and this Computer Science specification reflects this. This popular qualification, built on strong foundations, delivers a flexible, accessible and rigorous qualification, backed by top quality support, resources and professional development. This course focuses on the knowledge, understanding and skills students need to progress to Higher Education or in the workplace. Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply academic principles learned to real-world systems. This intensely creative subject combines invention and excitement, looking at the natural world through a digital prism. Our Computer Science qualification values computational thinking, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence. The programming project will involve designing, creating, testing and evaluating an IT system for a real world client and students will use knowledge and skills gained throughout the course to achieve this.

Qualification Details

Exam Board: AQA
Qualification Title: Computer Science A Level
Qualification Specification Code: 7515
Qualification Webpage: Click here to visit the AQA webpage for the specification.

Entry Requirements

Standard Sixth Form entry requirements.

What will I study in this qualification?

The summary of components is as follows:
• Principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, logic, Algorithms and data representation.
• Principles and concepts of Computer Science, including analysis of problems in computational terms.
• Design, program and evaluate systems that solve problems, making judgements and presenting conclusions.

Possible Career Paths

Computer Science related undergraduate degrees: Games Programming, Systems Analysis, Network Engineering, Cognitive Science and AI, Data Analysis, Robotics, Telecommunications, Software Engineering, and more. Computer Science related Level 3 apprenticeships: IT, Software, Telecoms, Informatics, Creative & Digital Media, and more.

A Computer Science A-Level is a well-respected qualification to hold, giving opportunities to access relevant university courses as well as technical careers. The content covered in the Computer Science A Level coincides with content taught during the first year of most university Computer Science courses, meaning that students are more attractive enrolment prospects at better universities. Careers exist in a vast range of industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, in software and hardware companies, Engineering, Logistics, Local and Central Government, the Finance sector, the Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defence.

Who should I speak to if I need further information?

Mr Downs, Mr West

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