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Prince William School

KS5 Curriculum

The new reformed A-level Computer Science qualification is now available for Prince William students. The course will be relevant to the modern and changing world of computing, and also be relevant to the higher education community. Like the GCSE, the course is practical, 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, that can look at the natural world through a digital prism. The qualifications will value computational thinking, help students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence.

AS Computer Science

01 Computing principles. Exam paper, 1 hour 15 mins. Worth 50%.

  • The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices.
  • Software and software development.
  • Programming.
  • Exchanging data.
  • Data types, data structures and algorithms.
  • Legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues Computing-related laws.

02 Algorithms and problem solving. Exam paper, 1 hour 15 mins. Worth 50%.

  • Elements of computational thinking.
  • Problem solving and programming.
  • Algorithms.


Students will be required to complete the AS units which together are worth 80% of the final grade. In addition to these units they will be required to complete a programming project which is worth 20% of the final mark. In this practical unit, students will need to analyse a problem and then design, develop and evaluate a solution.