Computer Science A Level

Computer Science is a fast-paced and challenging subject which considers the way that technology transforms our lives in an increasingly digital world.

Subject Leader:
Ms C Duarte
KS5 Subject Teacher: Mr P Quinn

Subject Leader:
Ms C Duarte
KS5 Subject Teacher: Mr P Quinn

Our Computing department inspire and equip students with a love of learning, knowledge and skills that stand the test of time. Computer Science A Level encourages students to take a complex problem and develop possible solutions using decomposition, abstraction, logical thinking, and algorithms. It is also a creative subject that involves the innovative thinking and development of ideas through coding.

Course offered:  Computer Science A Level

Length of course:  2 Years

Specification:  OCR

The A Level qualification consists of the following units.

  • Unit 1: Computer Systems (Exam: 40%).
  • Unit 2: Algorithms and Programming (Exam: 40%).
  • Unit 3: Programming Project (Coursework: 20%).

Possible Careers:

  • Software engineer
  • Network Engineer
  • Computer Games designer
  • App developer
  • Web Developer
  • Computer programmer
  • System Analyst
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Forensic Computer Analyst

Further Reading:

  • Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software by Charles Petzold. “What do flashlights, the British invasion, black cats, and seesaws have to do with computers? …see how ingenuity and our very human compulsion to communicate have driven the technological innovations of the past two centuries.”
  • The Pattern on the Stone: The Simple Ideas That Make Computers Work by Daniel Hillis. Explains the basic concepts of the computer in everyday language.
  • The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick. A chronicle that shows how information has become “the modern era’s defining quality – the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world.”
  • Outnumbered: From Facebook and Google to fake news and filter-bubbles – the algorithms that control our lives by David Sumpter. An applied mathematician takes a look at what algorithms are doing with our data and how they are changing our lives.
  • AI: Its Nature and Future by Margaret A Boden. “Reviews the philosophical and technological challenges raised by Artificial Intelligence, considering whether programs could ever be really intelligent, creative or even conscious, and shows how the pursuit of Artificial Intelligence has helped us to appreciate how human and animal minds are possible.”
  • Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly. The story of NASA’s African-American female ‘Human Computers’.

Trips & Extra Curricular Club/Activities:

Ada Lovelace Day – Webinar

Computing Live! At Disneyland Paris
Computing LIVE! is a fantastic opportunity to bring the curriculum to life and inspire your future career.

The trip provides you expert and live speaker presentations to give you the opportunity to access people from high profile organisations. You can listen to their real-life experiences and hear how fundamental principles and concepts of computing are applied in the real world to offer real solutions to everyday problems, as well as understanding the different directions a career in computing could take.