Computer Science is a subject that spans theory and practice. You will become a confident programmer using different languages to solve problems. We will apply Computational Thinking to decompose larger problems into smaller ones and use a range of techniques to solve them.

In A-level Computer Science, you will learn many theory topics such as how computers work, how encryption allows the safe transfer of private data over public networks. You will learn about security issues such as hacking and how viruses are spread.

You will choose your own engaging project idea, and develop your own program for a client or for fun, such as a 3D game using Unity.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Programming
  • Further Programming Techniques
  • Structure of the Processor
  • Types of Processor
  • Software Development
  • Compression, Encryption, Hashing
  • Networks
  • Web Technologies
  • Data Types
  • Data Structures
  • Boolean Algebra
  • Legislation and Ethical issues

Year 2

  • Computational Thinking
  • Problem Solving and Programming
  • Further Algorithms
  • Types of Programming Language
  • Systems Software
  • Applications Generation
  • Databases
  • Further Boolean Algebra
  • Practical Project

I have loved having the independence to develop our own programs for a client whilst facing all the challenges associated with such a task.

Ryan Johnson ex Range High School

Course Essentials

Courses Available
A Level
Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Maths
Grade 4 in GCSE Computer Science or IT preferred
How The Course is Assessed
2 Written exams, 1 Coursework project
Career Pathways
Many students choose to study Computer Science and related subjects at degree level. Popular choices include computer science, robotics, artificial intelligence, computer forensics, software engineering, networking, digital media, web development, e-business and computer games design. Some students move onto foundation degrees or HND courses. Apprenticeships are also increasingly popular with the many technology firms in the Sussex area.
Transferable Skills
Problem solving; logical thinking; critical-thinking; research skills; teamwork.
Other Information
Alongside Computer Science, well-suited subjects are Mathematics, Physics or Electronics. Other recommended subjects include ICT, Business, Computer Games Development, Design and Music Technology.
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