There are there components to the assessment of A level Computer Science:
A written exam (40%)
A computer-based exam (40%)
A programming project (20%)
The written exam is a traditional exam in which the more theoretical aspects of the course are examined.
The computer-based exam focuses on the more practical elements. You will be issued with a pre-release in March – this is a mostly complete programme which you will study. During the exam you will be asked to explain parts of the code and make alterations to it and test it in order to achieve given objectives.
The programming project will involve planning, designing and creating your own application, either for PC or for smartphone/tablet, to meet a purpose.
You can design and plan your own project or pick one from a range of options.