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Key details

Attendance Full-time
Duration 2 Years
Code SFCACOMP
Awarding Body AQA
Level A-level
Start Date 06/09/2021

Other start dates

Course overview

Advances in computing are transforming the way we work and our Computer Science A Level offers you the knowledge, understanding and skills to progress to higher education or thrive in the workplace.

A Level Pathways

If you are interested in proceeding with A Levels then then you have 4 different pathways that you can choose from. With each pathway you must choose 3 A Levels. Other combinations are available.

 

Pathway 1 – Health and Care

  • Biology
  • Sociology
  • Psychology

or

  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Paramedic Science
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • ODP

 

Pathway 2 – Science and Technology

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Maths
  • Computer science

or

  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Vet Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Physics
  • Maths
  • ICT

 

Pathway 3 – Business and Law

  • Business
  • Law
  • Government and Politics
  • Maths
  • Economics

or

  • Business and management
  • Law
  • Finance
  • Accounting

 

Pathway 4 – Humanities & Social Science

  • Sociology B
  • Psychology
  • History
  • English Lang/Lit

or

  • Social work
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Criminology
  • Counselling
  • Peace Studies
  • Politics

What you'll study

Topics covered include:

  • Fundamentals of programming
  • Fundamentals of data structures
  • Fundamentals of algorithms
  • Theory of computation
  • Fundamentals of data representation
  • Fundamentals of computer systems
  • Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture
  • Consequences of uses of computing
  • Fundamentals of communication and networking
  • Fundamentals of databases
  • Big Data
  • Fundamentals of functional programming
  • Systematic approach to problem solving
  • Non-exam assessment – the computing practical project
  • Topics covered include:

    • Fundamentals of programming
    • Fundamentals of data structures
    • Fundamentals of algorithms
    • Theory of computation
    • Fundamentals of data representation
    • Fundamentals of computer systems
    • Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture
    • Consequences of uses of computing
    • Fundamentals of communication and networking
    • Fundamentals of databases
    • Big Data
    • Fundamentals of functional programming
    • Systematic approach to problem solving
    • Non-exam assessment – the computing practical project

Assessment

Two exam papers (80%) and non-exam assessment assessing students' ability to solve or investigate a practical problem (20%).

Entry requirements

GCSE Maths
Grade 6

For learners wishing to enrol on one of the A Levels in September 2021 there is a minimum entry criteria of 5.6 based on an Average Points Score across a learners GCSE results.  A Calculation is made based on all GCSEs taken against grades per subject to confirm the final score.  For example if you sat 8 GSCEs and received a grade 5 for each subject then your overall APS would be 5.67.  For more information please contact the admissions team.

Tuition fees

If you are 16 to 18 years old you won't have to pay tuition fees.

If you're 19 or older you may need to pay a fee.

2019/20: £1,049

All fees exclude exams, registration and administration charges. These fees apply to all learners, except those with full fee remission.

For information about our student services, please click here.

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