Computer Science

A-Level Computer Science

Did You Know?

Leeds has the fastest Digital sector growth in the north of England, employing more than 100,000 people and contributing £6.5 billion to the City Region economy. Home to organisations such as NHS Digital and more recently Channel4, Burberry.

Key Information


Two Year Course

Examination Board


"Computer Science has broadened my horizons in terms of what's possible in the digital world. It has developed my skills in programming, taught me new concepts in areas such as Encryption and Systems Architecture, and helped me understand the growing industry surrounding the subject". - Isaac Hooper, lower sixth student




Paper 1 – Exam – 40%
Paper 2 – Exam – 40%
Non-Examined Assessment (NEA) Project – 20%

What Do I Need to Study this Course?

Grade 6 in GCSE Maths and grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

What Will I Study?

You will learn how to solve problems using a computer. You will also learn how to write reliable and efficient code using industry standard best practices. You will develop the ability to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including data representation, networking, databases, logic and algorithms. You will also undertake your own programming project, which counts for 20% of your final grade.

What Next?

Computer scientists are in demand and their salaries reflect this. A-level Computer Science, with its emphasis on problem solving, abstract thinking and mathematical reasoning, is a good foundation for a Computer Science degree. If studied alongside A-level Maths, it could lead to an engineering or science degree. Alternatively, the skills you will gain through studying this A-level could lead directly to employment within the Digital industry.

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