King James' School

Computer Science

What’s it all about? 

Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It’s an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, that can look at the natural world through a digital prism. This Computer Science qualification will value computational thinking, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence. 

The course is delivered by skilled and experienced computer science teachers who have real world experience in programming and computing, helping students to push their knowledge and experience of computing to the limit. A combination of exciting practical tasks and theory delivery are devised to deliver the content in an enjoyable and challenging way. 

In this course we teach you how to think like a computer, solving problems through logic and algorithm design. Your mind will be stretched and taken on new journeys in a way that you have never experienced before. You have been warned. 

Exam and Assessment Information: 


AS - H046

A2 - H446 


01 Computing principles (external exam - 50%) 

02 Algorithms and problem solving (external exam - 50%) 


01Computer systems (external exam - 40%) 

02 Algorithms and programming (external exam - 40%) 

03 Programming project (internal coursework  - 20%)

To get started: 

A highly demanding and challenging A Level which requires you to have at least a 6 grade in GCSE maths. Previous studies in Computer Science and /or IT is not a necessity as long as you are enthused at the thought of solving problems through computational thinking, algorithm design and coding real world solutions. 

An inquiring mind, willingness to work hard and a firm grasp of mathematical concepts are essential qualities for this course.

What next? 

An A level in Computer Science will make you one of the most valuable students on the market, opening doors to a variety of university courses in computer studies, IT and programming. There are an increasing number of apprenticeships opening up in this area too, with a high demand for quality individuals which could lead to employment and/or further study in this exciting new area.

Our students say … 

“I have never been challenged like this before, my Computer Science teacher introduced me to a topic which totally bent my mind, I have never had to stretch myself so much in any of my other lessons; it was great fun and so satisfying.”  Ed Taylor 

“The computing teachers are so knowledgeable; we do lots of practical programming tasks as well as researching and finding out about new theory topics, I’m really enjoying it and am so glad I chose to do it.”  Lois Penney

Computer Science