Course Information

Computer Science


Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It’s an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, and can look at the natural world through a digital prism.


The aims of this qualification are to enable learners to develop:


An understanding and ability to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including: abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation


•        The ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so

•        The capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically

•        The capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science

•        Mathematical skills.

Year 1 and 2 units:

1. Unit name:             Unit 1 – Component 1 
Unit Title:                   Computing principles
Exam Type:                Written paper - 1 hour and 15 minutes 
Marks:                        140 marks 40% of A level

2. Unit name:             Unit 2 – Component 2 
Unit Title:                   Algorithms and problem solving
Exam Type:                Written paper - 1 hour and 15 minutes
                        140 marks 40% of A level

3. Unit name:             Unit 3* or 4** – Component 3 or 4 
Unit Title:                   Programming project
Exam Type:                Written paper - 1 hour and 15 minutes
                        70 marks 20% of A level

* Indicates synoptic assessment

** Learners who are re-taking the qualification may carry forward their mark for the non exam assessment component (04).