Havant Sixth Form College

A Levels: Computer Science

Why study Computer Science?

A Level Computer Science teaches you a whole range of skills. You will develop communication skills to influence people, discover new ways to use and analyse information, become a real ‘problem solver’ and develop an analytical brain. Computer Science combines very well with other subjects and we have some of the highest pass rates in the College. It’s an ideal course if you’re planning to do mathematics, computer science, engineering or robotics at university; it’s also useful if you have ambitions to work in the booming games industry.

What will I study?

This course will give you a solid grounding in computing theory and problem solving. A substantial part of this course consists of practical work where you will learn to use industry standard software and write structured programmes to an advanced level. For your coursework you will then apply these skills, developing and documenting computing solutions to real-world problems.

How will I be assessed?

Your A Level award will be based on two written exams (40% each) and the submission of a piece of coursework (20%). All elements are assessed at the end of the two-year course.

What are the entry requirements?

The entry requirements to an A Level programme is five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Mathematics.

You do not need to have studied computer Science or programming before.

What Havant adds to this

The College has fantastic facilities, with specialist IT rooms where you’ll have your own computer to work with. You’ll also be encouraged to attend public lectures with a computing focus at the University of Portsmouth and University of Southampton. Additionally enrichment activities involve trips to places like The Science Museum, Action Stations at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and the wartime codebreaking centre at Bletchley Park. You’ll also benefit from our community engagement initiative with Scottish and Southern Electric

Your destinations with this course

Many students go on to study subjects such as mathematics, 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.


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