GSO Test

Computer Science A Level

Awarding Body


Assessment Structure

Paper 1: On Screen Exam 2.30hrs, 40% of A-Level
Paper 2: Written Exam 2.30hrs, 40% of A-Level
Programming Project: Internal assessment (20% of A-Level)

Minimum entry requirement

NBP16C level 3 entry requirements
GCSE (6) in mathematics

Why should I study this course?

Science, technology, manufacturing, research, medicine – you name it, computers figure in all our lives; influencing and affecting everything we do. There’s a world out there just bursting with invention and opportunities. And nearly all of it is driven by a computer.  This is your chance to learn the science behind computer technology and how to program your own computer applications.

“Whether you want to uncover the secrets of the universe, or you just want to pursue a career in the 21st century, basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn.” – Stephen Hawking

What will I learn? 

The aims of this qualification are to enable you to:

- develop an understanding of and ability to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science including; abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation

- develop the ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems including writing programs to do so

- develop the capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically

- develop the capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science

- develop mathematical skills

- develop the ability to articulate the individual (moral), social (ethical), legal and cultural opportunities and risks of digital technology.

How will I learn?

A wide variety of teaching methods will be used, including teacher-led introduction activities, group collaborative work, research tasks, video tutorials and individual work on coursework tasks and projects.

What can I do with my qualification?

Career paths include: Programming, Software Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Forensics, Computer Game Development, Industrial Development and Medical Research and more.

What do students say?

“It is interesting - and a real challenge to pick up new skills.” Year 12 student
“It is challenging, but I can now create complex programs which do what I want them to!”.  Year 13 student