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Computing Science A-Level at Barrow-in-Furness Sixth Form College

Course description

You will be a logical thinker and enjoy problem-solving. You will study a wide range of topics including the structure and function of the processor; types of processor; input, output and storage- operating systems; application generation; an introduction to programming; databases; computer networks; web technologies; data types; data structures; Boolean algebra; computing related legislation and ethical, moral and cultural issues. You will learn theory in the first year in preparation for the hands-on programming into the second year. In your second year you will learn how to program in a programming language in addition to theory topics.

You will work using updated and modern technologies and tools to prepare in both your written and practical assessments. Students often progress to a computing or technical degree and follow a technical career in the computing industry, business or engineering.

Entry requirements

Grade C or better in GCSE Maths and either: grade A* or A in GCSE English, plus at least 3 other C grades or better at GCSE or: grade B in GCSE English, with an average GCSE score of 5.2 or better from at least 5 GCSEs or: grade C in GCSE English, with an average GCSE score of 5.5 or better from at least 5 GCSEs.

Subject Specific

To study computer science at this level a grade C or better in GCSE mathematics and English are preferred. Chemistry or physics are recommended to study alongside computer science but this is not mandatory.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Barrow-in-Furness Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 10 August 2016
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    • 1. Leave the M6 at Junction 36 and follow signs for the A590 and Barrow (33 miles).
      2. After 25 miles pass through Ulverston and then the villages of Swarthmoor and Lindal.
      3. At the third roundabout after this take the first exit, signposted Furness General Hospital and Furness Abbey.
      4. At the next roundabout take the second exit.
      5. Pass Abbey House Hotel on the left and take the first turning on the left into Rating Lane.
      6. The College is 400 yards down Rating Lane on the left hand side.