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Computing and IT

Computing and IT

Mode of study Academic A Level
Duration 2 Years
Campus Welsh Bridge Campus
Start date September 2021
Course code COM-AL (2123)

  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and grade 5 or above in Maths. This is a practical and challenging course designed for students who enjoy problem-solving, logic and “hands on” computer programming. Taught in well-equipped IT labs, students can expect their own dedicated PC in lessons, each with access to a range of visual programming languages.

  • What does the course involve?

    Topics include: Programming, writing and following algorithms, networks, encryption and cybersecurity, web technologies, e.g. JavaScript, HTML and CSS, Databases, Boolean algebra, Numbers, (including binary and floating point arithmetic) and Computational thinking. Students will be interested in finding out:

    • How can we improve cybersecurity in the 21st century?
    • Should I be worried about driverless cars or robots?
    • How does the computer understand the program I have written?
    • How does a computer add or multiply decimal numbers?
  • How is the course assessed?

    Two exams and coursework at the end of the 2 year course. Coursework is worth 20% of the final mark and involves writing a solution to a problem using visual and object-oriented techniques to prepare you for university courses and jobs in the IT industry.

  • Additional Notes

    This course will prepare you thoroughly for Computer Science courses at university or for degree level computing Apprenticeships. Previous students have gone to university to study: Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Internet Computing, Software Engineering, Games Programming and Civil Engineering. Others have secured computing apprenticeships at GCHQ, the BBC, BT and Capgemini.

  • Further Information

    Students are encouraged to attend the Villiers Park Inspiring Excellence in Computer Science residential course.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button and then add an additional 2 or 3 subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 260401 or email:

Jack Renton-Cooper

Jack Renton-Cooper

A Level Computer Science (Mathematics, Physics)
Previous Institution: Idsall School

Coming to SCG gave me freedom and the Computer Science course is fantastic. The teachers are great and they help you out when you need it, but they don’t spoon-feed you - you have independence. I love the theory as well as the practical tasks and it is vital you learn both. I enjoy looking at algorithms and databases and hope to go into cyber security or games development in the future.

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