Computer Science

What does the course involve?

Computer Fundamentals, Programming Techniques and Logical Methods, plus a Programming Project. You will study a range of theory topics including hardware, software, networks, system development life cycles, the legal framework and moral implications of computer use. You will also study the principles of designing algorithms and programming solutions. It’s a natural progression from GCSE Computer Science, and provides the perfect springboard for students looking at specialising in a computing-based career. Through the design, development and testing of a programming solution to a problem you will have the opportunity to apply your learning creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically. Computer Science is playing a rapidly-increasing role in finding solutions to real-world problems, particularly where large amounts of information are involved.

Course Outline


Components of the Course:

Component 1 – 40%
Principles of computing

  • Computer hardware and software
  • Exchanging data and networking
  • Data representation and data handling
  • Legal, ethical and moral implications

Component 2 – 40%
Algorithms and problem solving

  • Identifying solutions to problems
  • Applying programming principles to a solution
  • Comparing standard algorithms

Component 3 – 20%
A programmed solution to a problem of your choice

  • Identify and research a problem or need
  • Design and develop a programmed solution
  • Test and evaluate the solution



Examination – 80%
Coursework – 20%

Exam Board


Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including English, with at least two at grade 6, including Maths. You don’t need to have studied Computer Science at GCSE to study the subject at A Level but if you have, you should have grade 6 or above.


Computer Studies is a useful subject for degrees that focus on programming, systems analysis and software engineering, as well as management and accounting. Around half of our A Level Computer Science students go on to study degrees in Computer Science, while others choose to follow courses in Business, Science and Technology-related subjects.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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