A level Computer Science

Why study A level Computer Science?

A level Computer Science encourages learners to meet the needs of Higher Education courses in computer science as well as those of 21st century digital employers. It encourages learners to think creatively, through applying practical programming solutions, demonstrating that they are effective users of technology. They will also be able to appreciate the ethical issues that arise with current and emerging computing technologies.

How we use computers and computer programs has utterly defined the world we live in today and it is computer scientists who connect the abstract with reality, creating the products we use daily. With its foundations in Maths, Computer Science spans hardware and software engineering, the user interface, and computer technology’s expansion into new areas.

‘Whether you want to uncover the secrets of the universe, or you want to pursue a career in the 21st century, basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn.’ Stephen Hawking.

Note that our experienced University Services Adviser can advise on A level courses and all aspects of university entrance.


Wolsey Hall Oxford is a registered school of Cambridge Assessment International Education

Wolsey Hall is a registered online Cambridge International School.

Wolsey Hall Oxford is a Pearson Edexcel approved centre

We offer a wide range of A level courses.

A level computer science

What do I need to know to enrol?

We strongly recommend that students have studied Computer Science at IGCSE/GCSE Level and achieved a Grade C or 5. If students have not studied Computer Science at IGCSE, it is desirable that they have previous experience of programming. Problem solving ability is essential for this course, so we do require students to have Grade B or 6 in Maths at IGCSE/GCSE Level prior to embarking on the course. All students undertaking Wolsey Hall A levels must also have an IGCSE/GCSE in English Language at Grade C or 4.

Exam and syllabus information

This A level Computer Science course prepares you for the Cambridge AS and A level syllabus 9618. Exams take place in June and November.

The full Advanced level qualification comprises AS and A level.

AS level

Paper 1

Theory Fundamentals worth 50% of your AS grade and 25% of your overall A level grade. (1 hour 30 minutes)

Paper 2

Fundamental Problem-solving and Programming Skills worth 50% of your AS grade and 25% of your overall A level grade. (2 hours)

A level

For the full A level in Computer Science you will sit two additional papers:

Paper 3

Advanced Theory worth 25% of your overall A level grade. (1 hour 30 minutes)

*Paper 4

Practical worth 25% of your overall A level grade. (2 hours and 30 minutes)

*Please note: Paper 4 is a practical paper and will require use of a computer (offline). Please check with your exam centre that offer this service to private candidates.

There are Cambridge exam centres in over 150 countries. We can provide details of the most convenient.

All of our A level courses include a number of past exam papers in the final module. These include the most recent paper which can be taken as a mock exam and submitted to your Tutor for assessment and feedback for a modest additional fee.

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The initial study advice I received was easy to understand. My Tutors were more than helpful and were quick to answer any of my questions and grade my assignments. My Student Progress Manager was excellent in not only guiding me but keeping me up to date on events and other stuff also.

Jin Bo-Kyung, A Level Student

South Korea