Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems. It’s an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, that can look at the natural world through a digital prism. Our Computer Science qualification will value computational thinking, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence.

These are the concepts that lie at the heart of Computer Science qualifications. They will be the best preparation for students who want to go on to study Computer Science at a higher level and will also provide a good grounding for other subject areas that require computational thinking and analytical skills.

  • Computing Principles
  • Algorithms and Problem Solving
  • Computer Systems
  • Algorithms and Programming
  • Programming Project


Students choosing Computer Science at Post 16 will complete a range of practical and theoretical topics and tasks as part of their study. This will be assessed via two externally marked exam papers each worth 40% and a programming project worth 20% of the final mark.

What Next?

Students who have completed their A Level in this subject have gone on to study Computer Science, Computer Games Design with Programming and other associated degrees.

Career options linked to Computer Science include IT Consultant, Information Systems Manager, Games and Web Development and Multimedia Programmer. Associated careers include Teaching, Nanotechnologist, Digital Copywriter Social Media Manager and Network Engineer.

Computing Subject Leader: Mr S Fraser

Syllabus: OCR

Course Specification: Computer Science – H446

Qualification: A Level