Advances in computing are transforming the way we work and the computer science qualification from the AQA exam board offers an up-to-date syllabus that focuses on the knowledge, understanding and skills students need to progress to higher education or thrive in the workplace. This replaces older courses such as AS/A2 computing.
In addition to programming (using Python, or one of the other approved languages) and learning the fundamentals of computers systems and architecture, students are taught a systematic approach to problem solving. The course involves a strong mathematical element including the use of Boolean algebra.
Students will require a minimum of a grade 6 in GCSE mathematics. Grade B or higher in GCSE computing, or its equivalent, is also desirable.