A Level Computer Science Course Entry Requirements

Requirements include GCSE grade 6 in Maths and grade 4 in English Language and a grade 5 in Computer Science (if studied).


This is an ideal choice if you have a mathematical brain and like problem solving. You will gain technical knowledge and the ability to analyse and solve problems. We will teach you how to understand in-depth how the computer works and what it can do. You will also develop programming skills. It is an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement.

What you will study

  • Unit 1 – Computer Systems
  • Unit 2 – Algorithms and Programming
  • Unit 3 – Programming Project

You will be introduced to the internal workings of the Central Processing Unit (CPU), how data is exchanged, how to develop software and the legal and ethical issues associated with the use of computer systems.

Course Support

  • Regular tests and mock papers to track progress
  • Online resources with a range of learning tasks and video tutorials
  • Individual and group tutorials
  • ‘Stretch & Challenge’ and ‘Super Curriculum’ activities for more able learners

Why should I study Computer Science at Carmel?

The Computer Science department has a wealth of excellent resources and facilities, as well as excellent fully dedicated teaching staff. We’ll make sure that you receive all the support you need, in order for you to achieve beyond your potential.


We have two computer suites with wifi and printing facilities. There’s also a theory classroom with an interactive whiteboard and multi-media projectors.


The majority of students progress directly to related HE courses, with most others progressing to HE courses in the wider technology sector.

Career Opportunities

Many students move on to land successful jobs in the IT sector. Computer programmers, software engineers, game developers, app developers and data scientists.

Further Information

COMPUTER SCIENCE course leaflet

Exam Board Course Specification


What Our Students Say

Carmel is an excellent college for those who like to be independent, it’s taught me to be organised with my work and college life.

I love computer science especially the programming and the problem-solving part of the course, it’s very interesting even though it can get complicated, I like to work through and solve the problems that I’ve been given.

The teaching is very good as well. The teachers give you full support to help you do the best you can in the subject. I would recommend the subject to those who are passionate about Computing.

When I leave Carmel, I hope to go into university and study software engineering or another type of engineering-based course. I feel fully supported in college, as Carmel has given me the platform to achieve and aspiration to approach my future career.

Abel Abraham (St Margaret's Church of England Academy)

Computer Science student Abel Abraham