Computer Science encourages students to develop an understanding of, and the ability to apply, the fundamentals principles and concepts of Computer Science. Building on the strong foundations developed at GCSE, A-Level students can expect to dive in to the core topics of Programming, Data Representation, Algorithms, Networking and Databases.

Departmental Courses

A Level Computer Science

Vocational ICT

Computer Science - Handbooks and Summer Tasks

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Computer Science is an extremely useful subject when combined with the sciences and maths for the future study of aeronautical, electrical, civil, mechanical, and chemical engineering. Those looking for a future career in systems or applications programming will find the course extremely invaluable, as will those who wish to develop their general problem solving and analytical skills alongside their other science/maths based A-Levels.

The Russell Group of universities suggest Computer Science is well aligned with the sciences. It is also a powerful choice alongside economics, and is particularly well matched to a future degree in mathematics.


Poole High School we offer the AQA A-Level Computer Science. Assessment is at the end of year 13 and consists of two exams – a practical programming exam and a theory paper, alongside a programming project which consists of 20 percent of the final grade.

Entry Requirements

To study Computer Science at Poole High School you must have achieved GCSE Mathematics at grade 6 or above and GCSE Computer Science at grade 6 or above.

Further Information

For more information contact:

Mr Thynne (

Mr Lean (

This course involves practical skills in using a computer, teaching you ksills to produce a range of digital products, such as websites and images.

50% of the course is coursework and the other 50% is assessed via an on-screen exam.

Further Information

For more information contact:

Mr P Thynne (