Computer Science

"Everybody should learn how to program a computer...
because it teaches you how to think."
                                                                       Steve Jobs



GCE A Level in Computer Science

Computer Science requires students to have good mathematical and problem solving skills and will develop their computational thinking, including:

  • Thinking recursively
  • Thinking procedurally
  • Thinking logically
  • Thinking concurrently
  • Thinking abstractly

Unit 1: Computing Principles

  • Characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
  • Software and software development
  • Data types, data structures and algorithms
  • Exchanging data
  • Legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues

Unit 2: Algorithms and Programming

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

Programming Project (Coursework)

Carried out and completed in Year 13, we work with students to select their own user-driven problem of an appropriate size and complexity to solve.


Both exams are 2 hours long and are worth 40% of the final grade. The coursework is worth 20% of the final grade.

Teaching Staff

  • Paul Connor - Teacher of Computer Science & ICT
  • Scott Drew - Teacher of PE and Computer Science
  • Harriet Page - Teacher of Computer Science
  • John Hughes - Teacher of Computer Science
  • Robert Parkin - Teacher of DT and Computer Science
  • Julian White - Head of Faculty & Teacher of Computer Science and ICT

For further details, please contact Mr White.

All plans for sixth form programmes of study at Bishop Stopford School are provisional, dependent on student numbers and government policy.