Computer Science

Computer Science is the exploration of the theory and practice behind computer systems, networks, hardware and software engineering.

With extensive advancements in technology, you'll be developing your knowledge of Computer Science at a more complex level, from understanding the fundamentals of programming and computation theories to computer architecture and server security.

Computer Science is a very creative subject that combines invention and methodical thinking, and provides a strong platform for progressing onto university and a career within Computing and IT.

This A level is great to study alongside A level Mathematics and A level Physics.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

All A level study begins in September and will take two years to complete.

What will I study?

You will look at many of the essential areas in the field of computer science, in addition to applying your skills to structured practical tasks.

Throughout this A level, you will cover the following:

  • Fundamentals of programming
  • Data structures and representation
  • Computation theories
  • Computer architecture
  • Communications and networking
  • Server architecture and security

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by examinations at the end of year 13 and a practical investigation.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have five GCSEs at grade 4 (equivalent to grade C) or above, including English and a grade 5 (equivalent to grade B) or above in maths. Although a GCSE in computing would be desirable, it is not essential.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2019), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please visit our dedicated Financial Support page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Upon completion of this A level, you'll have developed your practical skills associated with the development of software solutions for desktops and distributed platforms, as well as hardware and software infrastructures, systems engineering, relational database theory and current trends requiring big data solutions.

You'll have the opportunity to progress on to a university degree in the field of computing at University Centre St Helens or other universities.

Alternatively, you may decide to complete an apprenticeship and earn while you learn.

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