Computer Science A-level


Start:
September
Duration:
2 years
Location:
South Sefton Campus
Level:
3

Course Details

Computer Science is a practical subject where you can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems.

It’s an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, and can look at the natural world through a digital prism.

It is excellent preparation if you were looking to take Computer Science at degree level, or for anyone considering any kind of career in computing. Computer Science also complements subjects such as Physics and Mathematics.

  • Characteristics of contemporary processors
  • Software and development
  • Exchanging data
  • Data types
  • Data structures
  • Algorithms
  • The legal, moral and ethical issues around computing
  • Computational thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Programming

If you intend to study a programme of three A-level subjects or two A-level subjects and one BTEC Extended Certificate subject:

  • You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 4 or above including English Language and Maths. If you haven’t achieved a grade 4 in GCSE Maths, there may be an opportunity to re-sit this alongside your other subjects.

Additional entry requirements:

  • Although there is no requirement to have studied this subject at GCSE, if you have studied this subject at GCSE then you must have achieved at least a grade 4.
  • You must also have achieved at least a grade 6 in GCSE Maths.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

OCR A-level Computer Science H446
  • Examination – Paper 1 (Computing Systems)
  • A-level (40%) 2.5 hours
  • Examination – Paper 2 (Algorithms and Programming)
  • A-level (40%) 2.5 hours
  • Programming Project
  • A-level (20%)
  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

Computer Science offers a wide range of employment and higher education possibilities in careers, such as, Software Design and Software Engineering or you could become a Computer Analyst, Computer Programmer, IT Technician, Web Developer, IT Consultant or Games Designer.

University Guarantee

Every Hugh Baird College student who successfuly achieves a Level 3 qualification and meets attendance and entry requirements, is guaranteed a place on a course at the Hugh Baird University Centre.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

As an A-level student you will be based at our South Sefton Campus. This is a multi-million pound campus for dedicated to A-levels and was opened in 2009.

You will take three subjects over two years.

We offer a small number of BTEC courses at South Sefton Campus. You can study one BTEC course alongside your two A-levels.

It is not expected that a student would attend both sites, but the feasibility of this would be discussed on an individual basis. Potential timetable clashes and workload would need to be considered in detail for this to be a possibility.