Computer Science A Level


What will I learn?

Throughout the course, we want to give you a taste of modern computer science. We will do this by:

  • traditional class teaching using a variety of teaching methods;
  • developing web sites and web/database applications;
  • using software to demonstrate course topics;
  • supporting you to write computer programs to solve both simple and extended problems;
  • working individually, in groups and taking part in class discussions;
  • doing lots of project & assignment work to develop practical skills that link to theory work;
  • carrying out background reading to keep up-to-date with changing technology.

Entry Requirements

GCSE English at Grade 5 or above, Grade 6 Maths or above and studying Mathematics/Use of mathematics and/or Physics/Electronics at A Level. A GCSE average points score of 6.0 or above

How long will it take to qualify?

2 years

How will I be assessed?

Content Overview

Assessment Overview


·   Characteristics of contemporary processors

·   Software and development

·   Exchanging data

·   Data types structures and algorithms

·   Legal, moral and ethical issues


Computer systems (01)

140 marks

Written paper

2 hours and 30 minutes


40% of total

A level


·   Elements of computational thinking

·   Problem solving and programming

·   Algorithms to solve problems & standard algorithms


Algorithms and programming (02*)

140 marks

Written paper

2 hours and 30 minutes


40% of total

A level


·   Analysis of the problem

·   Design of the solution

·   Developing the solution

·   Evaluation


Programming project (03* or 04*)

70 marks

Non-exam assessment


20% of total

A level

Additional Learning Opportunities

You may like to take part in many of the activities around the college, including Duke of Edinburgh Award, First Aid and Sign Language.

Who is this course aimed at?

Computer Science is not the same as ICT, and is relevant if you have good mathematical and problem solving skills and:

  • want to learn how to program in modern programming languages;
  • have an interest in a computing related career;
  • want to find out more about computers and their role in everyday life;
  • want to learn how to look at problems and design programs to solve them;
  • want to learn about how computer systems work, right down to the CPU level;
  • want to understand the applications of computers in networks and the Internet.

What next?

You could progress to a computer science or a software design degree course or you could use your advanced computing skills to seek employment.



  • A Level


  • Computing

Course Length

  • 2 Years


  • 16+

Get in touch

John Leggott College
West Common Lane
North Lincolnshire, DN17 1DS

Tel: +44(0)1724 282998,


  • Northern Lincolnshire Education Consortium


  • Sixth Form Colleges Association
  • Ofsted Good Provider