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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 20231102Apply 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

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

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.

Success rates

Pass rate in 2021 - 100%.

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.


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.

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Why choose West Notts?

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96.2% A Level pass rate in 2022.

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