A Level Computer Science
Exam code: 7517
Delivery method: Online
Course duration: 360 hours over 24 months
Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed
Award achieved: AQA A level Computer Science
Awarding body: AQA
The A level course gives you a good grounding in all aspects of computer science. As such, it is a very good basis for further study of computing related subjects at university or further education.
Topics are clearly structured and cover a wide variety of computer science issues. Please note this course can only be studied by students already in a school or college setting. For students studying from home please see our CIE A Level Computer Science course.
A level computer science course overview
A Level Computer Science covers a variety of computing concepts and practices. This ranges from programming all the way through to computer architecture and data handling.
A Level Computer Science Outline
This A Level is divided into the following:
- Fundamentals of programming
- Fundamentals of data structures
- Systematic approach to problem solving
- 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
- You will build on your GCSE foundations without repetition of content.
- You will have a wide choice of topics for study covering all aspects of computer science.
- You will develop a passion for the theory of computer science.
- You will develop good programming skills.
The AQA A Level Computer Science qualification is gained once all the exam papers are successfully completed.
These exams are administered by the AQA. PLEASE NOTE THIS QUALIFICATION CAN ONLY BE TAKEN BY STUDENTS ALREADY ENROLLED IN A SCHOOL/COLLEGE
In addition, if you select the added tutor support there will be a number of tutor marked assessments (TMAs) to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the content, with the tutor sending comments to guide you through any areas of potential difficulty. This will ensure you are prepared for the final exams.
All e-books contain a range of self-assessments that are indicators that you understand the materials as you work through them. These are for your own information.
Paper 1 – 2 hour 45 minutes – 40% of A level
Students answer a series of short questions and write/adapt/extend programs in an Electronic Answer Document provided by AQA.
Paper 2 – 2 hours 30 minutes – 40% of A level
Compulsory short-answer and extended-answer questions.
Non Exam Assessment – 20% of A level
The non-exam assessment 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.
Method of study
The content is all online and accessed via our Learning Management System (LMS).
The online e-book has many features that cannot be printed such as embedded videos, forums and interactive tests.
With the tutor support option there are Tutor Marked Assessments which you access and submit through the online system.
We highly recommend the additional tutor option to support our A Level e-books. For just £35 you will receive tutor feedback and support by email for 24 months. They will mark your TMAs and provide valuable guidance through any trickier parts of the content whenever you need it. You will also receive a study guide to help you with all aspects of studying, essay writing and general student skills.
How quickly can I complete the A Level?
You can complete your A Level as quickly or slowly within the two years as you choose. The recommended study time for the content is 360 hours. The exam dates are set by the exam boards and for A Level Computer Science are available in May/June each year. This gives you two opportunities to sit the exams over the two years.