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Computer Science A Level - Level 3


You will learn the technical aspects of computer science. This A Level has an emphasis on abstract thinking, general problem solving, algorithmic and mathematical reasoning, programming, and the inner workings of computer technologies.

You will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills required to progress your learning to a higher level or enter the workplace. If you wish to study Computer Science at University, we highly recommend also selecting A Level Mathematics; as it complements the subject matter.

What does it combine with?

Start dates and fees

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September 20242851Apply online

What will I study?

You will explore the fundamentals of programming concepts and how to problem solve using computational thinking. You will also learn about computer systems, organisations, architecture and networking.

In your second year, there is coursework where you will solve a practical problem following a systematic approach to problem solving. You can choose your own project, see some examples below:

  • Mobile app
  • Game
  • Website with dynamic content
  • Control system (Arduino)
  • Database.

Entry requirements

You will need 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including:

  • Maths-based subject (Grade 6)
  • English Language (Grade 4)
  • Plus three other GCSEs at grade 4.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

If you're a student between the ages of 16 and 18 (or 19 to 25 with an EHC Plan) we want to make sure you have the best possible chances of landing an awesome job once you finish college.

Students who haven't achieved a grade 4/C in GCSE maths or English to continue studying these subjects while you're here with us. By doing so, you'll be building a strong foundation of skills that will significantly boost your employability in the future.

Think of it as a chance to supercharge your knowledge and abilities. You'll be equipped with the tools necessary to tackle the world beyond college with confidence. Plus, we'll be right here to support you every step of the way.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

2 years.

How will I be assessed?

A combination of exams and coursework in your second year.

What does the course lead to?

Careers are often pursued as a Software Developer, Hardware & Networking Technician, Games Technologist and Digital Marketer.

What can I progress onto?

This programme can lead to university* study with degrees in computer science, games programming, artificial intelligence, cyber security and many other areas. If university is not for you, Vision West Nottinghamshire College offer digital apprenticeships in Digital Marketing, Cyber Security and Infrastructure Technician.

*As we are a partner college of Nottingham Trent University (NTU), you may qualify for various benefits should you choose to apply to NTU after completing your college course. This could include a Progress NTU offer, where you would receive an offer one grade below their standard offer. For instance, a typical offer for one of their courses might require 128 UCAS tariff points. With Progress NTU, your requirements would be 120 UCAS tariff points. For further details, please call us on 0808 100 3626 or discover more about this benefit here.

Career opportunities

How do I apply?

You don’t need to apply for each A Level course you are interested in individually.

Once we have received your application form we will invite you into college where we will be able to discuss every aspect of the courses you have chosen as well as any alternatives you may be considering.

You will also have the opportunity to visit the areas of the college used for your course choices.

Apply online

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Why choose West Notts?

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96.2% A Level pass rate in 2022.

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction.**Learner Exit Survey 2019/20

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