Online Computer Science A Level course overview
The aims of this course are to enable students to develop:
- computational thinking skills
- an understanding of the main principles of solving problems using computers
- an understanding of the component parts of computer systems and how they interrelate, including software, data, hardware, communication and people
- an understanding of the different methods of communication and the functionality of networks and the internet
- the skills necessary to apply this understanding to develop computer based solutions to problems
At AS Level candidates take papers 1 and 2. At A Level candidates take all four papers. Calculators must not be used in any paper.
Paper 1 Theory Fundamentals Paper 3 Advanced Theory 1 hour 30 minutes 75 marks Paper 1 will assess sections 1 to 8 of the syllabus content. Written paper. Externally assessed. Candidates answer all questions. 50% of the AS Level 25% of the A Level 1 hour 30 minutes 75 marks
Paper 2 Fundamental Problem-solving and Programming Skills Paper 2 will assess sections 9 to 12 of the syllabus content. Written paper. Externally assessed. Candidates answer all questions. 50% of the AS Level 25% of the A Level 2 hours 30 minutes 75 marks
Paper 3 will assess sections 13 to 20 of the syllabus content. Written paper. Externally assessed. Candidates answer all questions. 25% of the A Level
Paper 4 Practical 2 hours 75 marks. Candidates will need to write answers in pseudocode.
Paper 4 will assess sections 19 to 20 of the syllabus content. Candidates will submit complete program code and evidence of testing. Candidates will be required to use either Java, VB.NET or Python programming languages. Externally assessed. Candidates answer all questions on a computer without internet or email facility. 25% of the A Level
In the October of Year 11, 12 and 13 parents and guardians will receive an email asking which exams the learner intends to take, and where they would like to take them. Parents and guardians must inform InterHigh if they need assistance finding an exam centre by mid-October. InterHigh can support you in finding a local exam centre. It is then down to the individual to register with the centre of choice and pay the exam fees to the centre directly. As each exam centre sets their own fees we cannot provide accurate pricing, however as an example, you can see our own fees by clicking here
Physical, medical or learning support needs may be eligible for access arrangements during exams. These can include:
- Extra time of 25%*
- Extra time up to 50%*
- A reader*
- A scribe*
- Supervised rest breaks
- Separate room
- Use of a laptop
- Enlarged print exam papers
*These arrangements must be approved by the exam board. The learner will need to undertake learning assessments with an Educational Psychologist or specialist assessor in order to complete the application form. These assessments can take up to 18 months to process. The deadline for application to the exam board is the February of the year that the learner sits exams.
Students based in the UK have the option to pay annually, per term or monthly. International students based outside the UK cannot pay monthly.
There are no formal entry requirements for this subject.
However, if you’re looking to study this subject as one of four A Levels, we strongly advise you only do so if you are predicted at least a grade 7 at GCSE / IGCSE in this subject or a relevant subject.
You are also required to discuss your options with our Head of Key Stage 5, Nick Leney - firstname.lastname@example.org, for guidance prior to starting your programme.