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KS5 – Computer Science

Computer Science

Paper 1 Paper 2 Non-exam assessment
This paper tests a student’s ability to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of: Fundamentals of programming

Fundamentals of data structures

Fundamentals of algorithms

Theory of computation


This paper tests a student’s ability to answer questions on:

Fundamentals of data representation
Fundamentals of computer systems
Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture
Consequences of uses of computing
Fundamentals of communication and networking
Fundamentals of databases
Big Data
Fundamentals of functional programming

The non-exam assessment assesses student’s ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve or investigate a practical problem. Students will be expected to follow a systematic approach to problem solving.
On-screen exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

40% of A-level

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

40% of A-level

75 marks

20% of A-level



Advances in technology are rapidly changing the way we live our lives. To be involved with this revolution at such an exciting time requires skills in coding algorithms, manipulating data and problem-solving. This is where Computer Science comes in. Using skills in mathematics and logic, anything is possible!

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