Computer Science A-level
Computer Science is a fascinating subject that teaches you how to think through problem-solving tasks and challenges. This is a two-year course that covers the theory of computation and many practical elements. You will become a competent programmer in Visual Basic.NET as well as working on an investigative project on a topic of interest to you.
Our resources, events and support are second to none and we are confident that you will both enjoy and achieve at the end of this course.
You will be assessed formally through two exams (80%), one of which is an on-screen examination and a coursework element (20%).
A qualification in Computer Science equips you with numerous skills: literacy, numeracy, analytical reasoning and problem-solving.
Taking A-level Maths with this A-level will be advantageous but not essential.
Careers in Computer Science
On completion of this course, you can pursue courses in higher education to do Software Engineering, Gaming, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security or explore the Cognitive Sciences, Data Handling, Aerospace Technology, Business Systems and much more. Alternatively, you could choose an apprenticeship in Computing or start your career as a trainee in an IT related field. There are more job opportunities in this fast-moving industry than there are graduates available, with earnings exceeding most other fields of study.
You need to have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above (A*-C), these need to include Maths at grade 5 and English. There is no need to have taken Computer Science at GCSE to be accepted on this course, however if you have, then a grade 4 in Maths would suffice. It is vital to have an interest in this subject and be keen to keep up-to-date with the latest technology.