Computer Science A Level - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

Computer Science is for anyone with a passion for technology who wants to pursue a career in this exciting and rapidly developing global industry. Thesubject will appeal to you if you would like to become a games developer, programmer, web developer, or technical support assistant. The A Level subject consists of three modules, covering fundamentals of programming and data structures and the theory of computation, databases, functional programming and big data.

Module one
This module is assessed via a practical programming examination, and tests a student’s ability to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of computer science from the following subject content:

  • Fundamentals of programming
  • Fundamentals of data structures
  • Fundamentals of algorithms
  • Theory of computation

Module Two
This modules covers the following:

  • Fundamentals of data representation and fundamentals of computer systems
  • Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture
  • Consequences of uses of computing
  • Fundamentals of communication and networking
  • Fundamentals of databases
  • Big data
  • Fundamentals of functional programming
  • Systematic approach to problem solving

Module Three
An assessed piece of coursework called the Computing Practical Project. This requires you to use the knowledge and skills gained to solve a practical problem.

Assessment Methods

Formal summative assessments are in the form or one practical programming exam, and one written exam at the end of the year. Formative assessments will be carried out throughout the year in a variety of ways including coursework and homework.

You will be required to learn to programme in both years one and two, and your non-exam assessment coursework will involve an extensive investigation and programmed solution.

Progression Options

Combined with other A Level subjects, most students progress to a degree course at University Centre Somerset or another university.

Course Summary

Course Title Computer Science A Level
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the A* to C or 9 to 5
range , including Maths and English. Please be advised that if you have lower
than a 6 in Maths, you are likely to find this course very

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