AS and A-level Computer Science

There are no planned changes to AS and A-level Computer Science for 2021 following Ofqual’s consultation

  • Teaching from: September 2015
  • Exams from: June 2016 (AS), June 2017 (A-level)
  • Specification code: 7516 7517
  • QAN code: AS: 601/4699/0; A-level: 601/4569/9

Advances in computing are transforming the way we work and our computer science specifications have changed with the times.

These specifications focus on the skills students need to progress to higher education or thrive in the workplace.

The AS and A-level specifications work alongside each other and our schemes of work will show you how the two levels can be taught together.

Our free resources, events and support, along with professional development opportunities, will help you to inspire and help your students fulfil their potential.


Specification at a glance

Past papers and mark schemes

Teaching resources



Prepare for your teaching year. Information, support and services to help you deliver the specification.

All planning resources



Teaching resources that you can use to plan your lessons and support your students’ learning.

All teaching resources



Prepare your students for assessment. Past papers, mark schemes and example answers.

All assessment resources

Key dates

  • 1 March 2021GCE Computer Science preliminary materials issued 1 March 2021. Available on Secure Key Materials on (7516/1/PM)
  • 1 March 2021GCE Computer Science teachers notes issued 1 March 2021. Available on Secure Key Materials on (7516/1/TN)
  • 8 June 2021 Exam for A-level Computer Science Paper 1 (options A to E) (7517/1A to 1E)
    Series: June 2021
    Start time: am
    Duration: 2h 30m

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