A Level inComputer Science

With computers used in virtually every aspect of modern life, this course is an excellent choice for those who see their eventual careers in Computing.

Students of Computing will develop an understanding of, and the ability to apply, the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation; the ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so; the capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically; and the capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science.

Course Content

Component 1: Programming and System Development

  • Data Structures
  • Logical Operations
  • Algorithms and Programming
  • Principles of Programming
  • Systems Analysis
  • System Design
  • Software Engineering
  • Program Construction
  • Economic, moral, legal, ethical and cultural issues relating to Computer Science.

Component 2: Computer Architecture, Data, Communication and Applications

  • Hardware and Communication
  • Data Transmission
  • Data Representation and Data Types
  • Organisation and Structure of Data
  • Databases and Distributed Systems
  • Operating Systems
  • The need for different types of Software and their Attributes
  • Data Security and Integrity Processes

Component 3: Programmed Solution to a Problem

  • Discussion
  • Investigation
  • Design
  • Prototype
  • Post-Prototype Refinement
  • Software Development
  • Testing
  • Evaluation

Features/Benefits

Opportunities to program in multiple programming languages such as Python, C++ and C#.

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements:
All Loughborough College Sixth Form courses have minimum entry requirements of at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English Language and Maths.

Subject Specific Entry Requirements:
GCSE English Langauge and Maths at grade 5.

Please contact the International Admissions Office for further advice. international@loucoll.ac.uk

Assessment Methods

Two x 2.5 hour exams (80%), and a Non-Exam Assessment (NEA/Coursework) project (20%).

Progression Opportunities

Whilst this is the obvious choice for those students who are planning to have a career in Computing related industries, the widespread use of computers in all vocations makes this course valuable alongside other subjects and careers, particularly, though not exclusively, in science and engineering.

6th Form FAQs

DO YOU OFFER THE EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION (EPQ)?

  • Yes, but only to Year 2 students who have demonstrated in Year 1 that they have the academic ability to cope with this extra research project.

HOW MANY A LEVEL SUBJECTS DO I NEED TO TAKE?

  • You will need to choose three subjects minimum with a maximum of 4. See page 5 for more details on subject choices.

I’M INTERESTED IN A LEVELS BUT I’M NOT SURE WHICH ONES

  • That’s okay! We know that deciding on A Levels can be a long process and that you can change your mind—a lot.

    When you initially apply, we’ll ask you for your options, but you’re not tied down to these subjects. We’ll confirm your final choices at a later date.


DO I HAVE TO STUDY THE SUBJECT I WANT TO STUDY AT UNIVERSITY AS AN A LEVEL?

  • Not always; it depends on your chosen university course. Subjects like Medicine and Architecture have very specific entry requirements, whereas you can study Psychology or Law at university without having studied them at A Level. Check university entry requirements to see if they are asking for specific subjects.

ARE A LEVELS THE ONLY ROUTE INTO UNIVERSITY?

  • No. We also offer Level 3 BTEC Extended Diplomas, which are the equivalent to three A Levels and many universities accept them as an alternative.

CAN I STUDY 3 A LEVELS AND BE A PART OF THE ACADEMY OF SPORT PROGRAMME?

CAN I STUDY A DIPLOMA IN SPORT AND ONE A LEVEL?

  • Yes, but it is only recommended for high-performing students due to the demands that both courses will place on timetable and ability. We will need to ensure that your combination is suitable for future progression and doesn’t clash on the timetable.

Disclaimer

Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information contained on this website is correct, the College accepts no liability for any errors or omissions. Please note that details are subject to change without notice with regard to the provision of courses, course times and dates and the fees and charges levied.

Key Facts

Dates:

  • September 2023

Mode of Attendance:

  • Full or Part Time

Level:

3

Course Duration:

2 Years

Programme Costs:

  • The fees for this course are currently being confirmed.

Please contact the International Team for more information.

College Course Code:

  • 23/24A1OCSC

OUR STUDENTS SAY

The teachers have taught me very well, and they make sure to keep lessons interesting. The facilities available at the college would be of interest to any potential student. The college also has very pleasant staff, and offers great opportunities in terms of progression.

Rishika Tripathi

United Arab Emirates