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Computer Science A level at St Helens College

Course description

Are you interested in how computer hardware and software works? Do you want to acquire skills in developing software, infrastructure, security and server solutions?

The Computer Science A level can provide you with a strong understanding of these areas whilst also providing you with the skills required in many areas of the computing industry.

Course content

You will look at many of the essential areas in the field of computer science, in addition to applying your skills to structured practical tasks.

Throughout this A level, you will cover the following:

  • Fundamentals of programming
  • Data structures and representation
  • Computation theories
  • Computer architecture
  • Communications and networking
  • Server architecture and security

Entry requirements

You should have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including a grade B in maths and a grade C in English language. Although a GCSE in computing would be desirable, it is not essential.


You will be assessed by a combination of exams and coursework tasks.

Financial information

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2016), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. 

Future opportunities

Upon completion of this A level, you'll have developed your practical skills associated with the development of software solutions for desktops and distributed platforms, as well as hardware and software infrastructures, systems engineering, relational database theory and current trends requiring big data solutions.

You'll have the opportunity to progress onto a university degree in the field of computing at University Centre St Helens or other universities.

Alternatively, you may decide to complete an apprenticeship and earn while you learn.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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