Computer Science

Our Computer Science specification will above all else be relevant to the modern and changing world of computing. The new Computer Science specification:

  • is focued on programming, building on our GCSE Computing and emphasise the importance of computational thinking as a discipline
  • has an expanded maths focus, which is be embedded within the course
  • puts computational thinking at its core; it helps students to develop their problem solving skill; and enables them to design systems and understand human and machine intelligence
  • allows student to apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to the development of real world systems in an exciting and engaging manner
  • gives students a clear progression into higher education, as the course was designed after consultation with members of BCS, CAS and top universities


Higher Education: to study computer science, computer system development or a specialised area within computing such as robotics, digital forensics or computer game design.

Careers include: Computer Scientist, Computer Programmer, Computer Systems Analyst, Software Engineer and Network Designer.

How to apply

Applying to study at Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College couldn't be simpler, click the green button below to add up to 4 A Levels to your application to get started. If you'd prefer to speak to an advisor call our student hotline on 0191 229 5123.

Course detail

Start date: September 2017

Entry requirements

Minimum of Grade C in dual award GCSE Science, or Merit in a Level 2 BTEC Applied Science; plus four other GCSEs (including Maths) at Grade C.

Study units

Computing Principles - Year 1

  • Characteristics of contemporary systems architecture
  • Software and software development
  • Exchanging data
  • Data types, representation and structures
  • Legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues

Algorithms and problem solving - Year 2

  • Elements of computational thinking
  • Understanding computational thinking
  • Problem solving and programming
  • Software development methodologies
  • Algorithms


Year 1 - Computing Principles assessment.
Year 2 - Algorithms and problem solving assessment.