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Computer Science at The Sixth Form College Solihull

Course description

Computer Science is about computation, and in particular, about solving problems using computers. This means developing the skills needed to program computers and develop algorithms. Combining problem solving with knowledge of hardware, computer scientists can help solve real world problems in just about all areas of life. Over the two years of this highly practical course you will learn to use programming languages to design and write algorithms which solve problems, leading on to a systems development project of your own choosing for real users. You can also expect to gain an understanding of the operation of hardware under the control of software, and study existing solutions in areas such as communications, encryption and control systems.

Course content

Component 01 – Computer systems – this component will introduce you to the internal workings of the Central Processing Unit (CPU), the exchanging of data, and also looks at software development, data types and legal and ethical issues.
• The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
• Software and software development
• Exchanging data (How data is exchanged between different systems)
• Data types, data structures and algorithms
• Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues.

Component 02 – Content of Algorithms and programming – you will understand what is meant by computational thinking, and understand the benefits of applying computational thinking to solving a wide variety of problems.
• Elements of computational thinking
• Problem solving and programming
• Algorithms

Component 03 – Programming project – you will analyse, design, develop, test, evaluate and document a program written in a suitable programming language for real users.

Entry requirements

3 A level Programme:
The majority of our students will choose to study 3 A level courses and will commit to these subjects for the full 2 years. Entry requirements for this programme are:

• At least two grade 6s or B grades at GCSE
• At least a further three grade 4s or C grades at GCSE
• You should have at least a grade 4 or C grade in GCSE English Language AND Mathematics.

Please note that there may be additional entry requirements specific to particular courses – please check each course listing on our website carefully to ensure you understand these entry requirements.

4 A level Programme:
Some very able students may choose to study 4 A level subjects. This will include all students who choose to study A level Further Mathematics, who will pick Mathematics, Further Mathematics and two other subjects. These students must commit to these 4 subjects for the full 2 years. Entry requirements for this programme are:

• At least five grade 7s or A/A* grades at GCSE
• You should have at least a grade 6 or B grade in GCSE English Language AND Mathematics.
• Students picking Mathematics and Further Mathematics will need to get at least a grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics.

Grade 6 or better at GCSE Mathematics. If you have taken a Computer Science GCSE you must have achieved at least a grade 4 (C). In addition, standard A level entry requirements apply.


This is a two-year, linear course; the exams will take place at the end of the course.
Examination – two exams, each of 2 hours 30 mins (80%) – components 1 and 2
Coursework – system development project (20%) – component 3
Examining Board – OCR.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Sixth Form College Solihull directly.

Last updated date: 20 September 2017
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