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Computer Science

A-Level
Ever wanted to become the next Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg? We are living in the midst of a revolution powered by computers. This revolution affects all parts of society, be it in education, entertainment, communication, transport, medicine, mobile technology, music and a whole lot more. The key driver behind all of these revolutions is the study of Computer Science. Computer Scientists are shaping the future of this world. The study of Computer Science has changed the way we live, has propelled our economy forward through innovation and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. A-Level Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It’s an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, and can look at the natural world through a digital lens.
The aims of this qualification are to enable you to develop:

  • An understanding and ability to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including: abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation.
  • The ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs, creating games, databases and interactive software.
  • The capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically, as well as see relationships between different aspects of computer science
Computer Systems | 40% of total A-Level Algorithms and programming | 40% of total A-Level Programming Project | 20% of total A-Level
Achieving an A-Level in Computer Science is very valuable and is considered as a real achievement by all the top universities. Studying Computer Science opens the door to a wide range of careers both with IT companies and those who use computers in industry. Most students go on to university to study a degree in Computer Science or a related area such as games design, networking, computational forensics, E-commerce, mobile innovation, etc. After graduation, your career options are endless; after all, Computer Science is the future.
Computer Science

Computer Science Staff

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Mr P. Brown

Mr P. Brown

Subject Leader Computer Science, ICT Lead Year 7

If you asked my 10 year old self what I wanted to be when I was older I would have said a train driv...

Mr P. Brown

Mr P. Brown

Subject Leader Computer Science, ICT Lead Year 7

If you asked my 10 year old self what I wanted to be when I was older I would have said a train driver! Nobody would have predicted I would be a teacher. I found that school got in the way of my play time with friends. The advice of one teacher had an impact. I tried and when it resulted in rewards, I was hooked! It became a competition to work my way up to the higher sets. It was only at college that I started to be interested in computers and University seemed to be the obvious next step. After working in web design and completing my MSc, I decided that I wanted a career where I could pass on my passion of computing and new technology. At Accrington Academy I see many young people who remind me of my younger self. I may not be a train driver but I am taking students on a journey through school and helping them reach success.

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Most students achieve their expected grades or above and many students move onto university.

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  • IT Consultant
  • Website Programmer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Database Developer
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