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Computer Science (GCE A Level) at St John Rigby College

Course description

The course has an emphasis on abstract thinking, problem solving, programming skills, algorithmic and mathematical reasoning and computational hardware. If you want to learn about programming, networking, how hardware and software operates and enjoy solving complex problems, then you will enjoy this course.

Course content

You will acquire knowledge and understanding of software, system development, data and applications.

+ Analysis of user requirements, design and implentation of solutuions

+ Gaining an in-depth knowledge of computing and related topics

+ Developing knowledge of programming theory

+ Building practical skills in developing software programs

+ Using the visual basic programming environment


Entry requirements



College entry to include a minimum GCSE Mathematics grade 6. You do not need to have studied Computer Science at GCSE (please refer to the Entry Requirements section page 24 for further details).


80% Examination 20% Coursework In the coursework component students are required to undertake an in depth programming project to solve a realistic problem which is worth 20% of the marks for the qualification.

Future opportunities

This subject is ideal if you intend to go on to Study Computer Science or Software Engineering at degree level. There are many related courses where knowledge of programming is an advantage. It is viewed as a challenging and rewarding subject in the same way as Mathematics and Science A Levels.

Please note this it is not necessary to take A Level Computer Science in order to study Computer Science at university but it can be an advantage.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 11 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: CO-AL
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