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Computer Science A Level at Tyne Metropolitan College

Course description

Our Computer Science specification will above all else be relevant to the modern and changing world of computing. The new Computer Science specification:

  • is focued on programming, building on our GCSE Computing and emphasise the importance of computational thinking as a discipline
  • has an expanded maths focus, which is be embedded within the course
  • puts computational thinking at its core; it helps students to develop their problem solving skill; and enables them to design systems and understand human and machine intelligence
  • allows student to apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to the development of real world systems in an exciting and engaging manner
  • gives students a clear progression into higher education, as the course was designed after consultation with members of BCS, CAS and top universities

Course content

Computing Principles - Year 1

  • Characteristics of contemporary systems architecture
  • Software and software development
  • Exchanging data
  • Data types, representation and structures
  • Legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues

Algorithms and problem solving - Year 2

  • Elements of computational thinking
  • Understanding computational thinking
  • Problem solving and programming
  • Software development methodologies
  • Algorithms

Entry requirements

Minimum of Grade C in dual award GCSE Science, or Merit in a Level 2 BTEC Applied Science; plus four other GCSEs (including Maths) at Grade C.


Year 1 - Computing Principles assessment.
Year 2 - Algorithms and problem solving assessment.

Future opportunities

Higher Education: to study computer science, computer system development or a specialised area within computing such as robotics, digital forensics or computer game design.

Careers include: Computer Scientist, Computer Programmer, Computer Systems Analyst, Software Engineer and Network Designer.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 March 2016

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    • Our partner and dedicated Sixth Form College, Queen Alexandra, is located close by at our North Shields Campus. Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College offers a wide range of A Level courses in a supportive environment.