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Computing (AS / A Level) at Middlesbrough College

Course description

The course is not about learning to use tools or just training in a programming language. Instead the emphasis is on computational thinking. Computational thinking is a kind of reasoning used by both humans and machines. Thinking computationally is an important life skill. The course has an emphasis on abstract thinking, general problem-solving, algorithmic and mathematical reasoning, scientific and engineering-based thinking. Students will also learn practical skills in and SQL.

Course content

AS Paper 1 – Programming 50% of AS Paper 2 – Theory 50% of AS A Level Paper 1 – Programming 40% of A Level Paper 2 – Theory 40% of A Level Coursework – 20% of A Level

Entry requirements

Five or more GCSE’s at grade C or above including English and GCSE Mathematics at Grade B and a Grade B in core science and additional science or a grade b in Chemistry, applied science is not accepted for entry onto this course. Also subject to QCA score. If you do not have a Grade A to C in English and/or Maths, you will be required to continue studying these subjects as part of your Study Programme.


AS Paper 1 + Paper 2 A2 Paper 1 + Paper 2 + coursework Paper 1 is a practical exam where students study pre-release material to work on in an exam. Paper 2 is a written theory exam Coursework is a practical programming project worth 20% of the overall A Level.

Future opportunities

The College Careers Service is available to all our students. We can help you when deciding which course or option you wish to take. During your course we ensure you develop employability skills and gain relevant experience. We provide information, advice and support when completing your course and progressing to work or going into higher education. When applying for University we can provide support with the UCAS application and Student Finance. Students can progress onto Computer Science at University or careers in Computing. Also many go into pursue a career in medicine, vetinary science, dentistry and biochemistry. Please note that many University Computer Science courses also ask for A Level Mathematics

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Middlesbrough College directly.

Last updated date: 11 April 2016
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