Oldham Sixth Form College


Computer Science (A Level)

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I chose Computer Science as I am interested in learning about how things work. One of the things you learn is how computers work and how they can be used to do different tasks. 

Computer Science (A Level)  

  •  Assessment
  • Year 1 and 2
    80% exam; 20% coursework
  • Exam board
    Eduqas (WJEC)



What Will You Learn?

Study the 'ins and outs' of Computer Systems focussing on the development of strong computational, algorithmic, and problem-solving skills. You will study everything from the impact of smart devices you use every day, to advancements in quantum computing. You will also develop your independent programming skills to create advanced systems from the ground up.


Component 1: Programming and System Development

You will investigate programs, data structures, algorithms, logic, programming methodologies and the impact of Computer Science on Society.

Component 2: Computer Architecture, Data and Communication and Applications

You will investigate computer architecture, communication, binary number systems, organisation and structure of data, programs, algorithms and software applications.

Component 3: Programmed Solution to a Problem

In this component, you will discuss, investigate, design, prototype, refine and implement, test and evaluate a computerised solution to a problem chosen by you, which must be solved by programming.


Special Features

Even with no programming skills, we start from the ground up to ensure you become an excellent programmer over the course of 2 years.

We run and take part in a number of activities and trips such as:

  • Hack Manchester (OSFC Hack Events)
  • Great British Olympiad (Cambridge University)
  • Aucoda Programming Program
  • University Trips
  • Amazon Fulfilment Centre
  • Bletchley Park
  • Manchester Airport
  • Overseas Trips (Berlin and Brussels)

In addition to this, you will study in state-of-the-art facilities in a newly refurbished digital learning space and in classrooms where digital students can study independently.

Where Will This Lead?

From this course, students will have the option to go onto a range of university courses across the country to study Computer Science, Software Engineering, Cyber Security, App. Design and Development, Games Design and creation degrees. In addition to this, there are a large range of degree apprenticeships and direct employment opportunities.