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This A Level Computer Science Course will provide you with a general understanding and perspective of the development of computer technology and systems, which will inform your decisions and support your participation in an increasingly technological dependent society.
This course will develop your knowledge and understanding of computer science through entry to higher education and also provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to seek employment in areas that use computer science.
Please note that as the awarding body is CAIE, the qualification will be International A’ Level / AS Level Computer Science.
The skills you gain from A’ Level Computer Science will allow you to go into Industries as diverse as consultancies, IT service providers, telecommunications, aerospace and defence, financial services, retail, healthcare, manufacturing, agricultural, public and third sectors. Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) also have a range of computing opportunities. It is also possible to set up your own business providing IT services such as web design and consultancy.
If you specialise in computer sicence at higher education, jobs directly related to your degree include:
• Application analyst • Business analyst • Data analyst
• Database administrator • Games developer • Information
systems manager • IT consultant • Multimedia
programmer • SEO specialist • Systems analyst
• Systems developer
There are no previous entry requirements for this course, however students are expected to have a reasonable standard of literacy.
You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 24 months from initial registration with the full support of your Tutor.
The Full A Level has 20 chapters you will need to cover which is split into IAS and IA2. The IAS Level has 12 modules and all of these are listed below.
Students will be required to arrange and pay for their examinations / practicals at a CAIE approved centre. We can provide an extensive list of these centres for you.
A Level Exams
There are four exams for the full A Level qualification. The length of each exam is as follows:
Paper 1 – 1 hour 30 min
Paper 2 – 2 hours
Paper 3 – 1 hour 30 min
Paper 4 – 2 hours 30 min (Practical)
AS Level Exams
There are two exams for the AS Level qualification. The length of each exam is as follows:
Paper 1 – 1 hour 30 min
Paper 2 – 2 hours
For Cambridge International AS & A Level Computer Science, learners can:
Please note: paper 4 is a practical examination. The programming tasks will be based around a small number of scenarios, learners will be assessed on their ability to write programs or program elements to solve tasks. The centre where you sit your exams must ensure that you have access to a computer that belongs to the centre and it must not have internet access or access to email.
Candidates will be required to use either Java (console mode), Visual Basic* (console mode) or Python (console mode) programming languages. For this course, we will teach you Python.
On successful completion of all your exams for the A Level Computer Science Online Course, you will be awarded one of the following qualifications:
International A Level in Computer Science with CAIE | International AS Level in Computer Science with CAIE
For more information on CAIE, please click here.
Our Enrolment fee for this course is noted at the top of this page where you can enrol directly onto the course. This fee includes access to your course including tutor support for 2 years.
Our enrolment fee includes:
The only other fee you will need to pay is for your exams which is due approximately six months prior and this will be paid directly to the exam centre.
You can enrol online right now by Card or PayPal (Visa, Mastercard, Maestro and American Express). Alternatively, we also accept BACS transfer or we can send you a payment link.
Your A Level course will be online. You will access it via our online portal.
With our courses, we have learners from all over the world enrolled. Therefore, if we restricted your learning to certain times, not everyone would be available. All our courses are accessible 24/7 via our online secure portal. Any videos on your portal would be pre-recorded meaning you can work through your course at your own pace.
By opting for our International A Level, you can study the course from anywhere and exam centres are located all over the world. With our UK A Levels (AQA), you can study them from outside of the UK, however you would need to sit the actual exams for these within the UK.
You will be provided with eBooks for this course. If you want to purchase physical books in addition, then we can provide you with the book ISBN numbers.
The Guided learning hours for A Levels are as follows:-
AS Level: 180 hours
A Level: 360 hours
These figures are for guidance only. The number of hours needed to gain the qualification may vary depending on your previous experience of the subject.
Yes you will gain UCAS points and these depend on your final grade once you have completed your exams.
If you are referring to A Levels at college then yes!
You will sit the same exam as thousands of students across the world in an exam centre, and achieve the same qualification as everyone else.
Provided you have completed enough work on the course within a reasonable amount of time, we will be able to provide a predicted grade / reference for university.
Please provide at least 3 months notice for this, otherwise this will incur a small fee.
We want exams to be as competitively priced for our learners as possible and therefore that is why we direct them to the examination centres rather than charge upfront fees.
Did you know that the first mechanical computer – The Babbage Difference Engine, was created in 1822, and weighed over 700 pounds, which is unbelievable when you take into account that the smallest computer in the world can literally fit on a single grain of rice.
Today the use of computers has fully altered our daily lives, from listening to music and internet banking to our world’s hospital and banks. Who would have thought we would be able to do our shopping, listen to music, take high quality photos or even just find directions using our mobile phone? Amazing isn’t it.
You may wonder if you can carve a career in say computer programming, and this is all down to your drive and determination. There are many lucrative positions available that involve computer science and which pathway you decide to take is entirely up to you.
As an example, Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook started learning how to use a computer at 10 years old. By the time he was 11, he was learning programming and built a programme which connected his father’s home computer to his office computer called ‘ZuckNet’. From there he progressed to making games and a programme that learns your music taste; turning down millions of dollars of offers along the way, from the likes of Microsoft in the process. Because he stayed focused, many other programmes were developed before he finally opened up Facebook to the general public and this currently has in excess of 2.9 billion active users per month.
An essential part of computer science is maths and you may find it useful to run A Level Mathematics alongside this subject as this will help you with the programming concepts. If you find you are not ready to start at A Level standard, you could also consider studying IGCSE Computer Science, which forms a natural progression onto A Level.