Computer Science

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 about many interesting theory topics such as 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. Programming is a key part of the course. You will be taught programming concepts in a range of languages and complete weekly challenges.

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. This project will form 20% of your final A-level grade.

For extra support we run a lunchtime Code n Cake club, come along for help with homework from a Teacher, or from one of your peers. Some students use this space to collaborate on fun projects - a great way to stand out in your UCAS application.

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 chose to study Computer Science because understanding it will play a huge part in all of our futures. Tim is a great tutor who is always happy to help out or to re-explain topics that are difficult to understand.

Jack Brown, ex Warden Park Academy

Course Essentials

Courses Available
A Level
Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Maths
Grade 4 in ICT or Computing 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, cyber security, software engineering, networking, digital media, web development, e-business and computer games design. Some students move on to foundation degrees or HND courses. Degree level apprenticeships are also increasingly popular with 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 or Physics. Other recommended subjects include IT, Business, Computer Games Development, Design and Music Technology.
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