A-level Computer Science

Our course code: X924

Course fee £695 or from £52 per month

Enrol on this course

Has computer intelligence always fascinated you? Have you ever wanted to delve deeper into the computer anatomy and find out how it works? Computer science has rational thinking at its core; combining human and computer intelligence together to provide solutions to problems. The study of computer science has completely transformed the modern-day world as we know it, and you can be a part of how it will shape our future.

Choosing to study International A-level Computer Science can open doors to various career opportunities in data science, web development, product management and software development, or prepare you for higher education at university. On this engaging online course, you’ll study communication and Internet technologies, software development, artificial intelligence, data representation, and much more. As you study, you’ll develop key skills such as abstraction, decomposition and algorithmic thinking.

This CAIE accredited computer science A-level is designed specifically to be studied in your own time and space, at home. You’ll receive unlimited tutor support, a clear induction, and well-structured assignments to help you develop skills and knowledge needed to prepare you for the exam.

You will benefit from:

  • A brand new course, written to the latest specification with dynamic and engaging content
  • Fast track is available on this course (for exams in 2022)
  • Access to a network of partnership exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)
  • Unlimited tutor support – we’ll support you every step of the way
  • Exam pass guarantee (If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam)

Please note: You won’t be able to start this course until 01/09/21. Full details can be found below under Course Duration.

A-level computer science combines human and computer intelligence to provide modern solutions to problems

  • At your own pace

    Study this course as quickly or slowly as you wish; we’ll work at a speed that suits you.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Guaranteed exam centre

    Access to our Country-wide network of exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)

  • Awarding body: CAIE
  • Our course code: X924
  • Qualification code: 9618
  • Official Qualification Title: A-level Computer Science

Cambridge Assessment International Education is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes, qualifications and exams, delivering assessments to over 8 million learners in over 170 countries.

Study Hours

You should allow for between 250 and 300 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Study Method

Our course is delivered via our online learning platform as this provides learners with a dynamic and engaging experience. Don’t worry, if you prefer, you can print the learning materials yourself. The learning resources are in a range of different media including videos, quizzes, and interactive activities.

Course Duration

Please note that you can enrol today, but this course starts on 01/09/21. You will receive your logins to MyOxbridge (our online platform) before this date but won’t be able to access the learning materials until the course officially starts. You will benefit from our unlimited tutor support for a period of two years from your course start date.


You will be expected to complete three standard written exams and one practical exam:

Written exams:

  • 1 hour 30 minutes, 25% of A-level, 75 marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes, 25% of A-level, 75 marks
  • 2 hours, 25% of A-level, 75 marks

Practical exam:

  •  2 hours 30 minutes, 25% of A-level, 75 marks

As part of the practical exam, you will submit complete program code and evidence of testing, and will be required to use either Java, VB.NET or Python programming languages.

We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our exam centres around the UK. Check where your closest exam centre is.

We also offer an exam pass guarantee. If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you for free, to your next exams.


During your course, you’ll be required to complete various assignments. These do not contribute towards your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to monitor your progress and will be used to produce predicted grades if needed.

Course Outcomes

Following successful completion of the course, you will be awarded an A-level in computer science, issued by Cambridge Assessment International Education. This syllabus (9618) has been selected specifically because it is best suited to distance learning. Your certificate will be identical to that issued in any other school, college or university.

Additional Information

Official Qualification Title - A-level Computer Science

Difficulty - Level 3

Entry requirements - In order to study this course, you will need to have achieved a maths GCSE or the equivalent. If you wish to study to computer science at degree level, then you'll need to combine this qualification with A-level maths, as this is a requirement at many universities.

UCAS Points - 56

Course Content

1: Theory fundamental

This unit, you’ll study:

  • Information representation
  • Communication and Internet technologies
  • Hardware
  • Processor fundamentals
  • System software
  • Security, privacy and data integrity
  • Ethics and ownership
  • Databases
2: Fundamental problem solving and programming skills

In this unit, you’ll study:

  • Algorithm design and problem solving
  • Data types and structures
  • Programming
  • Software development
3: Advanced theory

In this unit, you’ll study:

  • Data representation
  • Communication and Internet technologies
  • Hardware and virtual machines
  • System software
  • Security
  • Artificial intelligence
4: Computational thinking and problem solving

In this unit, you’ll study:

  • Algorithms
  • Recursion
  • Further programming
  • Programming paradigms

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

You will need to pay separately for your final examinations.

We are able to offer places at partnership exam centres across the UK for our students, therefore, guaranteeing an exam venue. If you choose to find your own exam centre, you can, you will need to register with them as an external or private candidate. Fees vary across the country so we recommend enquiring prior to enrolment.

Yes! You study the same curriculum, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is specially designed to be studied from home in your own time.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course to help you get ready for your examinations. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide that will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!

That’s absolutely fine! You can study via our MyOxbridge portal online, and sit your exams anywhere in the world.