Computer Science
Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two grade 5s and three 4s in five subject areas at GCSE, to include a minimum of a grade 4 in English Language. Mathematics at grade 5 or above
Start Date: Sept 2021
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

This subject is ideal for anyone who is considering a career working with computers or an area in research and development where an understanding of computer science would be beneficial. You will learn to become an effective designer and implementer of computing solutions, learning to program in a number of languages including C#, SQL and Haskell.

What will I learn?

You will study a wide variety of computing principles including fundamentals of programming, data structures, algorithms, data representation, computer systems, computer organisation and architecture, communication and networking, functional programming, databases, BigData and Theory of Computation. In addition to the theory work you will complete a substantial practical project solving a realistic problem or carrying out an investigation of your choice.

While writing code is important, there is more to being a computer scientist. The true creativity and challenge considers issues including coding efficiency, speed of execution and confidence that the code is correct. You will cover all these aspects and appreciate the difference between writing code and the bigger issues faced by computer scientists.

How will the course be assessed?

You will be assessed by examinations at the end of the two-year course.

You will also be expected to carry out independent study and other personal development activities alongside your programme, such as additional workshops, an Extended Project Qualification, leisure extracurricular activities, volunteering or work experience, or part-time employment.


At NCC we’re committed to ensuring that your studies are career focused and are linked to your future goals. Develop a new skill, learn how to be a leader, volunteer for a good cause and keep fit through sport. Enhance your learning and make the most of the array of activities on offer to help you stand out from the crowd when applying for university, an Apprenticeship or a job.


High specification computer lab, free software, robotics and other hardware for experimentation.


Materials and other information

Unique Pre-Professional Programme available in Computer Science.

Progression and Careers

Former students have gone on to study at some of the UK’s top universities, including Lancaster University, the University of St Andrews, the University of Hull, the University of York, and the University of Manchester reading a variety of interesting and challenging degree programmes such as Computer Science, Information Technology for the Creative Industries, Business Management, Engineering, Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence and Nanotechnology.

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