Exam Board AQA
Qualification A Level




Grade 6 in Computer Science and Grade 6 in Mathematics



(Outline of


Fundamentals of programming

Fundamentals of data structures

Fundamentals of algorithms

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

Fundamentals of databases

Big data

Fundamentals of functional programming

Systematic approach to problem-solving


Assessment Paper 1 – On Screen Exam 2.5 hours – 40% of A-level

Paper 2 – Written Exam 2.5 hours – 40% of A-level

Non-exam Assessment – 20% of A-level


Careers Guidance The Computer Science course allows students to develop high-level practical skills that are very much in demand in the modern workplace. The UK, and particularly the Northeast, has a large IT industry and there are many opportunities available.

Students may go on to study a variety of university courses such as Computer Science or Information Technology. Alternatively, students may also decide to apply for apprenticeships, with many available from large local employers such as Accenture, Sage, DXC and Ubisoft.

Recent graduate information has shown people with an A-Level in Computer Science have progressed into employment with roles such as a financial analyst, software engineer and games developer.

Key Information


Transition Work

The transition work for Computer Science can be found below.

Students should attempt to complete one task weekly over the summer ahead of the start of the course.

Week 1

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Week 2

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Week 3

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Week 4

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