Computer Science

A Level

Exam Board: A Level Computer Science – AQA

Course Summary

Computer Science can roughly be divided into theory and programming. The theory will give you a broad overview of the way in which information is generated, stored and transferred within and between computer systems. We will use logic and mathematics to understand computers and software, and you will
develop your critical thinking skills to explore the impacts that computing has on society.

For programming, after studying Computer Science at Barton Peveril, you will be able to pick up a completely new language with ease. To achieve this aim, we will teach you fundamental and advanced programming skills from scratch using a range of different languages. Our main language is C# and we also look at Assembly, Haskell and SQL.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSEs to include a minimum Grade 6 in Mathematics and 5 in Computer Science, if taken
  • Minimum average GCSE score of 4
  • You do not need to have any programming experience

Studying Computer Science at top universities will require you to take A Level Mathematics

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Topics

  • Abstraction and Algorithms
  • Theory of Formal Language
  • Mathematics for Programming
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Computer Networks
  • Computer Architecture
  • Finite State Machines and the Turing Machine
  • Functional Programming and Recursive Programming

Why choose this course?

  • Trips to Universities for programming workshops
  • Entry into prestigious national competitions at elite level (e.g. Cyber Discovery)
  • Visits from academic and industry experts

Where might it lead?

Students go on to higher education and employment in Computer Science, Software Engineering/Development, Games Development, Science and Engineering.

Assessment

This course has a mixture of:

  • 80% exam
  • 20% coursework

OUR STUDENTS

Shaun Walker

"The lessons at Barton are very engaging and the teachers give you as much support as you need."

Read more about Shaun and some of our other students.