Exam Board: AQA

This is a Linear course, in which Students will develop skills in:

  • Computational Thinking – the kind of reasoning used by both humans and machines; what can be computed, programming and problem-solving including communication and networking
  • The fundamental principles of the subject, focusing on programming through a problem-solving scenario
  • The hardware and software aspects of Computing and the social and economic consequences of Computing

Course Details

  • Fundamentals of programming
  • Fundamentals of data structures
  • Fundamentals of algorithms
  • Theory of computation
  • Fundamentals of data representation
  • 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
  • Non-exam assessment – the computing practical project

Enrichment Opportunities

  • British Informatics Olympiad
  • Programming in different languages and environments
  • Networking computers
  • Discussions of real life uses of Computing


Paper 1 

On-screen exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

40% of A-level

Tests a student’s ability to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of Computer Science from subject 1-4 above and the skills required from section 13 above.

Students answer a series of short questions and write/adapt/extend programs in an Electronic Answer Document

Paper 2


Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

40% of A-level

Tests a student’s ability to answer questions from subject content 5-12 above.

Compulsory short-answer and extended-answer questions.

Non-Exam Assessment

75 marks

20% of A-level

Assesses student’s ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve or investigate a practical problem. Students will be expected to follow a systematic approach to problem-solving, as shown in section 13 above. 

Students are assessed in school via modular tests, end of unit test and continued practical assessment.