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Computer Science AS & A Level at The City of Liverpool College

Course description

Studying A Level Computer Science, students will focus on programming, building on their GCSE Computing or ICT and emphasise the importance of computational thinking as a discipline. Students will have an expanded maths focus, much of which will be embedded within the course. This study computational thinking at its core, and develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence. Computer Science allows students to apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems in an exciting and engaging manner. This qualification will give students a clear progression into higher education, as the course was designed after consultation with members of BCS, CAS and top universities.

Course content

This programme delivered by dedicated tutors at The City of Liverpool College gives you a solid grounding in A Level Computer Science in preparation for Higher Education. . The specification introduces the learner to a detailed course structure where topics such as software development, exchanging data, elements of computer thinking, problem solving and programming, standard algorithms and many more are studied at depth.

There are benefits to studying Maths alongside Computer Science. Both subjects complement one another, with a strong foundation in Maths becoming even more important if you intend to study Computer Science at university. In some cases A-level Maths is one of the entry requirements for a degree in Computer Science. If you haven’t decided what else you’d like to study, you might like to choose a second or third subject of Physics and ICT alongside Computer Science.

Entry requirements

  • The most important entry requirement is that you are committed and determined to do well.
  • You must achieve a minimum of 2 Grade B's and 3 Grade C's (including English) or equivalent (this equivalence will be discussed at our information evening and then in further detail at interview)
  • Students taking the Sciences must also obtain at least a grade B in Maths. Students applying to study Physics, Biology, Chemistry, English, French, Spanish, Maths at A-level must obtain a grade B in the subject at GCSE.
  • All places are conditional on results, subject to interview in June/July and a suitable reference from your school.

Future opportunities

An A Level in Computer Science will help you go on to higher level qualification such as an Honours Degree, or alternatively, can take you straight into work or into an intern-ship. A Level Computer Science can prepare you for a range of jobs such as a database administrator, games developer, information systems manager, IT consultant, Multimedia programmer, network engineer and many more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The City of Liverpool College directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016

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    • The College's facility on Clarence Street nestles amongst the City's two famous university campuses - Liverpool John Moores and the University of Liverpool - placing the College at the heart of student life. The College's City6 provision is sited on this campus offering 16-18 year olds the widest choice of A-levels in the City.

      Students have easy access to transport hubs, learning resources and local attractions supporting their development as independent learners.

      City6 prepares students for higher education at the College or university or for routes into employment. Courses for 16-18s in Health and Care and Access to HE courses are also located at this centre.

      All students have access to well-resourced facilities including modern teaching rooms and laboratories kitted out with modern, industry-standard equipment.