Computer Science

A Level

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Availability & Details

Computer Science, A-Level HF-COMPAL-D(0000)000

Venue
Havant Campus

Type of study
A Levels, Full Time

Dates
Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

Examination board
AQA

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Overview

Computer Science combines logical thought, problem solving and creative design to appeal to those with an interest in writing algorithms and programming code.

There is a practical focus to this course as you’ll develop and test computer algorithms and applications using VB.Net as the main programming language. You’ll also develop critical analytical skills by learning about the internal workings of computers and the constructs behind program development.

Using the modern programming language VB.Net, you’ll learn to program while acquiring knowledge and understanding of software development, computer architecture, data representation and structures.

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Mathematics at grade 5 or above.

On this course at HSDC Havant you will study the following:

Year 1
The first year concentrates on acquiring the fundamentals of Computer Science. You will learn and understand software development, computer architecture, data representation and structures. Practical programming in VB.Net is used to solve problems and create algorithms.

Year 2
The second year builds on the knowledge and understanding you acquire in Year 1. This is applied to a computerised solution to a problem, chosen by you as a non-examined assessment worth 20% of your overall qualification. The solution will be developed using VB.Net.

This course will be taught in well-equipped computer rooms three times a week. Theoretical principles and algorithms will be introduced and you will be expected to carry out problem solving activities using the installed programming language, as well as written tasks. You will be expected to complete homework every week and must be prepared to work independently outside of lessons and on a computer.

You will be assessed at the end of the course by exams and a practical submission.

A good A Level pass in a range of subjects will assist you to progress to Higher Education or appropriate employment. The majority of our A Level Computer Science students go to university to study courses, including computer science, cyber security, robotics, mathematics, physics, electronics or engineering, whilst others have elected to go directly into industry, gaining advanced Apprenticeships with companies such as IBM, Xyratex and BAE Systems.


The teaching and support was really great, the quality was really great, all the teachers really care about your education as well as your wellbeing, they take everything into consideration and they’re great.

Katie Whittingham, A Level student

There are great teachers here. This college has felt more like a university than a school, and it’s definitely lived up to that more grown-up feel.

Vicky Lipscombe, A Level student

My experience with the teaching and support was really well, as I’m dyslexic, they helped me a lot and I’ve achieved good grades, so I’m really pleased.

Thomas McCann, A Level student