Computer Science

Computer Science

A Level
Full-time, Sixth Form Study Programme
Examining Board: AQA

About the course

Computer Science is about understanding the mathematical, scientific and engineering principles underlying all the computer systems we use. This course aims to give you an introduction to the fundamentals of computing and has a strong practical programming element. It is taught in a specialist computing room using Visual Studio 2017. If you plan to become a computing professional you are advised to continue your studies to university level. 

You may have studied computing related IT courses at school but these are not a requirement for entry to this course. You should already have an interest in all things to do with computing and this course will extend your skills into programming and the extended skills including how a computer works.

Here are some of the topic areas we cover:

  • Programming skills using Visual Basic.NET
  • Fundamentals of computer systems
  • Theory of computation
  • Data structures, algorithms and programming paradigms
  • Communication and networking
  • Databases and Big Data

Computer Science stands out as a course thanks to
its mix of practical and theoretical content; at
the start of the week, I'll be learning an algorithm
and by Friday I'll have written a program which
implements it. I joined the college with absolutely
no knowledge of VB.Net but quickly picked it up
in the first few weeks of teaching. Now I'm using
the language to tackle problems every week!

Mike - Computer Science student
Students at work

Students at work

Find out how to apply for A Level Computing

To do this course you need the following:

  • Standard College entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above English Language
  • GCSE Maths minimum grade 5

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Case study

Computer Science A Level - Dan Rutter

Computer Science A Level - Dan Rutter

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