A-Level Computing

Course Information

  • Course Code: 5512
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Validated by: AEB, SEG & NEAB
  • Study Mode: Full time

A-Level computing has been updated to reflect the changes in technology, which are transforming everyone’s lives. With the focus on computational thinking this qualification is an ideal choice for those looking for a scientific exploration of the world of computing. The qualifications are a great foundation for anyone thinking of further study or progression to a range of engineering, science, computing and ICT degrees.

What will I study?

What will I study?

  • Fundamentals of programming
  • Fundamentals of data structures
  • Software development
  • Theory of computation
  • Data representation
  • Computer systems
  • Computer architecture and organisation
  • Consequences of computing
  • Fundamentals of communicating and networks

Students learn and extend Python programming skills which are tested alongside the use of logic gates and binary work in the ‘on computer’ examination. The second examination is more traditional allowing students to demonstrate a good knowledge of network topologies, ethical issues relating to computing, knowledge of storage devices and more. The focus of the course is that of ‘science’ and ‘computational thinking.’ Accordingly students who have enjoyed sciences and maths at school are likely to enjoy this subject.

Entry Requirements

In addition to the general Sixth Form entry requirements (5 Cs at GCSE or equivalent i.e. grade 4 in reformed GCSEs), you will also need a minimum of a GCSE Grade 5 in Maths (or equivalent).

How will I be assessed?

A-Level students will be assessed by coursework and written exam.

What can I do next?

It is likely that you will want to go onto further study at university. Students who study Computing can go on to a wide range of careers and degree programs including Computing, ICT and Games Design.

Your Study Programme

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For all students looking to progress to university after completing their studies in The Sixth Form, we have introduced a 'University Plus' programme. This includes university interview techniques, the opportunity to take part in an extended project, pre-degree courses in Business, Medicine and Teaching, and an excellent partnership with the UK top 10 Lancaster University, who guarantee interviews for students who meet the entry criteria on their course.

All these options, paired with tutorial activities, could give you an additional 180 UCAS points, giving you the best opportunity to achieve your place at your first choice university and your dream degree.

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A-Level Study Programme

Our study programme is set to help our students get the most out of their time at Blackburn College Sixth Form Centre. Alongside an outstanding education, students will also receive:

  • an A-Level qualification
  • Employability skills
  • Enrichment activities
  • Performance and study skills

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The Sixth Form Centre

Offering our students an academic environment for studying, The Sixth Form Centre is an excellent location for those looking to excel in their A-Level studies. You have access to:

  • Large Lecture Theatre - built to enable students to get used to university-style learning
  • Common Rooms - a great place for students to enjoy downtime, catch up with friends or hold small revision sessions
  • Industry-standard laboratories - 4 professional laboratories set up for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Our laboratories have helped microbiologists, doctors, pharmacists and veterinary surgeons get into their chosen careers
  • Starbucks - attached to the Sixth Form Centre is Courtyard Cafe, one of three Starbucks Cafes on campus that serve the famous coffee, and at 40% cheaper than the high street.

Sixth Form Guarantee

As a Sixth Form student at Blackburn College, you can expect:

  • Independent thinking - where your own experiences and observations mould your education
  • Enrichment activities - that enable you to receive a great education, as well as having fun whilst doing so
  • Support - a vast amount of support from all staff to ensure you get the results you deserve
  • A Learning Environment that is academic, friendly and safe.
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