Computer Science is about understanding computer systems and networks at a deep level. It is a rich and diverse discipline in its own right, like Physics and Mathematics. It explores foundational principles and ideas, rather than training students in skills related to particular software. Computer Science aspects of theory and experimentation are drawn from Maths and Science respectively and it is an excellent supplementary A-Level for a range of subjects.
You will develop:
- An understanding of, and the ability to apply, the fundamental principles of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation
- The ability to analyse problems in computational terms and writing programs to solve them
- The capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
- The capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science
- Mathematical skills related to Boolean algebra, comparison and complexity of algorithms and number representations and bases.
The course is offered as part of a study programme with another two or three A-Levels (full-time package). Alternatively, it can be studied as a part-time programme or added to some other full-time programmes.
If you would like to study a full-time programme of A-levels, please complete a full-time application form.
- 5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above (A*-C) which must include English Language
- GCSE Maths and Computing/IT at Grade 6 (or B)
If you would like to study this part-time, please contact the tutor:
After Your Course
Many students go on to study subjects such as mathematics, physics, computing, computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, robotics and computer games programming at university, while others use this course to improve their career opportunities generally. On a more straightforward level, there are still huge opportunities in the many IT fields, including mobile technologies, games, project management, systems analysis and all the technical areas such as networking, databases and computer security. Few modern careers do not involve a degree of IT capability and there is still much scope for those with a higher level of skills to move forward quickly in a wide range of professions.
Course fees are per year. The current fee information is related to the 2019/20 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2020/21 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:
- Aged 16-18 on 31/08/19
- Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
- Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
- Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
- Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
Level 3-6 Courses for Adults
Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.
Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.