Computer Science

Level 3

Qualification: A Level

Duration: 2 years


What will I study?

Year 1

1 Fundamentals of programming.
2 Fundamentals of data structures.
3 Fundamentals of algorithms.
4 Theory of computation.
5 Fundamentals of data representation.
6 Fundamentals of computer systems.
7 Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture.
8 Consequences of uses of computing.
9 Fundamentals of communication and networking.

Year 2 (Above in more detail, plus)

10 Fundamentals of databases.
11 Big Data.
12 Fundamentals of functional programming.
13 Non-exam assessment – the computing practical project.

Study Visits

University visits focused on studying Computing courses at Sheffield University & Sheffield Hallam University.


Paper 1 (40% of A Level):
• On screen exam with practical programming & short answer theory questions.
• Using a skeleton C# program.
• Topics 1-4.
• 2 hours 30 minutes.

Paper 2 (40% of A Level):
• Written exam with short & extended answer questions.
• Topics 5-12.
• 2 hours 30 minutes.

Non Exam Assessment (20% of A Level):
• Assesses a student’s ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course.
• Must solve a (real-life) practical problem.
• Large scope for potential projects.
• Able to use any language or IDE (may require your own laptop).


Entry Criteria

Minimum average GCSE score required 4.5. Grade 6 Maths.

Useful Supporting Courses

Students often combine Computer Science with Mathematics and Science subjects.

Students are advised against taking both Computer Science and BTEC IT (or should take careers advice before doing so).


Data Analyst, Information Systems Manager, IT Consultant and Web Designer.

Culture Vulture

Check out our Culture Vulture link to see what takes your interest.

Computer Science Culture Vulture

Flying start

Click the link and have a go at our 10-week learning plan to get you off to the best start.

A Level Computer Science Flying Start 2021

Course Overview

Follow the link to see an introduction to the course, identifying what you will study with us in the first few months and what you might already know.

Computer Science Course Overview