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A Level Computer Science

  • LEVEL 3

Course Overview

Computer Science is about problem solving. You will be learning how to write programs and how computers work from an abstract point of view. This course has a mathematical approach and is challenging; you will develop your logical and thinking skills and there will be plenty of practical programming and some opportunities to work creatively in the context of coding.

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End Date

Fri, 26 Jun 2026

Entry Requirements

Requires GCSEs in English at grade 4, maths and science (including computer science) at
grade 6, plus the standard entry requirements of an

Course information

You will learn how to program in Python from the basics to object orientated programming. You will also learn about associated programming concepts and techniques such as the Turing Machine and Data Structures which comprose 50% of the course content.

On the theory side, you will learn how different types of data is stored in binary, how networks and the internet work and database theory. In addition, this course covers the internal components of the computer and how the logic circuits inside them work.

2 Years

In class, face to face.

Two exams both two hours and 30 minutes long and both worth 40% of the marks. One is an on-screen exam and the other is a written exam.

Non-examined assessment is an extended project task which will take nine months. You will create and document a program for a client. This is worth 20% of the marks.

Level 3 AQA GCE A Level in Computer Science

During your two years of study you will undertake a work placement. You will also hear from a variety of industry speakers, visit careers’ fairs and attend workshops, trips and visits.

University, career or an apprenticeship

Level 3

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