Computer Science A-level

Computer Science is a practical subject where you 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.

It is excellent preparation if you were looking to take Computer Science at degree level, or for anyone considering any kind of career in computing. Computer Science also complements subjects such as Physics and Mathematics.

What topics/modules are covered?

Year 1:

  • Characteristics of contemporary processors
  • Software and development
  • Exchanging data
  • Data types
  • Data structures
  • Algorithms
  • The legal, moral and ethical issues around computing
  • Computational thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Programming

Year 2:

In Year 2, you will develop your skills and knowledge as well as using algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a programming project of your choice covering analysis of a problem, design of a solution, developing a solution and full evaluation.

What are the entry requirements?

If you intend to study a programme of A-levels:

  • To study a programme of A-levels (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths if needed), you will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 9-4 including English Language (grade 4 or above).

If you intend to study a combination of A-levels and BTEC:

  • To study a combination of A-levels and BTEC Extended Certificate (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths or English if needed), you will need a minimum of four grades 9-4 at GCSE plus 1 BTEC equivalent. If you have studied a subject at GCSE/Level 2, you must get a grade at least at 9-4/Pass, if it is to be studied.

Additional entry requirements:

  • GCSE Mathematics grade 6 or above

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

How will I be assessed?

  • Examination – Paper 1 (Computing Systems)
    A-level (40%) 2.5 hours
  • Examination – Paper 2 (Algorithms and Programming)
    A-level (40%) 2.5 hours
  • Programming Project
    A-level (20%)

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

Career Path

Computer Science offers a wide range of employment and higher education possibilities in careers, such as, Software Design and Software Engineering or you could become a Computer Analyst, Computer Programmer, IT Technician, Web Developer, IT Consultant or Games Designer.

What qualification will I gain?

OCR A-level Computer Science H446.

Start date



2 years.

Where will I be based?

Sixth Form Centre, South Sefton Campus.

Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Monday, 27 November 2017 10:38