A Level Computer Science

Discover the solutions to computer problems and learn the science behind the technology. A Level Computer Science is a two year course which will give you the opportunity to become an effective designer and implementer of computing solutions. Many students who enjoy and successfully complete this subject typically progress onto a range of degree courses including: Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Games Development and Information Systems.

  • Course Information
    • Course Code
    • Exam Board
    • Attendance Pattern
    • Course Level
      Level 3
    • Study Mode
      Full Time
    • Course Location
      Langdale Road, Leyland
    • Age Group
      School Leavers (16-18)
    • Course Duration
      2 years
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  • Overview

    Despite the generous salaries offered, there is a shortage of qualified candidates for technology-based jobs, and we believe our Computer Science course offers you the opportunity to gain the skills that employers and universities are seeking.

    The course structure allows every student to build a strong foundation in programming whilst also providing an awareness of the management and organisation of computer systems. The Java programming language taught at Runshaw is used by many universities and in industry and we believe this gives our students a head start as we have strong links with Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester Universities.

    Computer Science will also prepare you for a range of degrees, including: Software Engineering, Computer Games Development, Information Systems and Web Design and Services.


    What will I study?

    Students will learn about the characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output, and storage devices. Types of software and the different methodologies used to develop software, data exchange between different systems, data types, data structures, algorithms, and legal, moral, cultural, and ethical issues. Students will learn how to think abstractly, ahead, and procedurally and problem solve. Students will apply principles of computational thinking to an independent practical coding programming project.

    Course Highlights:

    Computing Academy and learning all about Python, Java and C#.


  • Entry Requirements

    For our A Level programme our entry requirements are a minimum of 5x Grade 5.

    *Please note that A Level English requires a Level 6 in GCSE English

    *Please note that A Level Maths requires a Level 6 in GCSE Maths

    *Please note that A Level Biology requires a Level 5 in GCSE Maths and a Level 6 in GCSE Science.

    *Please note that A Level Chemistry, Physics and Geology require a Level 6 in GCSE Maths and Science.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Assessment takes place at the end of year 2 via two exams and a coursework project.

    Progress is measured regularly using a range of informal assessment techniques.

    • Component 1: Computer Systems 40%
    • Component 2: Algorithms and programming 40%
    • Component 3: Programming project 20%
  • Progression Pathway

    Level Computer Science prepares you very well for a range of degrees including: Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Games Development, Information Systems, Forensic Computing, Computer Technologies, Network Management and Web Design and Services.

    The school has excellent links with local universities including Lancaster University, UCLan, University of Manchester and Liverpool
    Metropolitan University.

  • National Careers Service

    For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.