Why Study Computer Science?

Computer Science is a practical and yet  intensely creative subject where learners can apply the academic principles learned in class to real world systems. Within the course, you will study a range of theory topics, which include the principles and understanding linked to programming, topics such as hardware and software, networks, systems development life cycles and implications of computer use.

You will develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence. Through the creation of a programming project, students will have the opportunity to create a substantial piece of software using modern design methods and industry level programming languages.

Why Study Computer Science at Worcester Sixth Form College?

The department offers excellent teaching and learning facilities, including dedicated study areas equipped with specialist hardware and software for Computer Science students for use outside of lessons.

Students are encouraged to develop their skills within industry with many students completing relevant work experience at local software development companies. Students benefit from varied enrichment opportunities which have recently included:

  • a visit to local software development company, Phixos, to learn about developing safety critical software systems used in commercial and military flight systems.
  • an insight into the world of Cyber Security from secure software experts at Boswell Ltd.
  • a visit to the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park, once the top-secret home of the World War Two Codebreakers where Alan Turing created the first computer.
  • the CyberClub enrichment program - an extracurricular club for students keen to work in the Cyber Security industry to engage with safe, challenging, problem solving activities provided by GCHQ.

Progression Opportunities

This course provides the perfect springboard for students looking at specialising in a computing-based career. Many of our students go on to higher education, studying for a degree in Computer Science or specialising in such fields as Software Engineering, Cyber Security or Games Development at university.

Alternatively, students have used the relationships forged with local companies to secure Higher Apprenticeships, enabling them to continue with their studies whilst also gaining hands on experience in industry.

Sarah Cross

Sarah Cross

Computer Science - Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College
I chose to study Computer Science, continuing from GCSE, as I very much enjoy creating my own little desktop programs. I also use digital technology constantly for my Fine Art and Graphics courses, due to my graphics pad and respective drawing software. Studying Computer Science has helped me to be able to understand and get the best use out of my software, enabling me to create better artwork. The teaching of the course was excellent, and I enjoyed studying it. I plan to go to university next year to study Comic & Concept Art, in order to become a concept artist for games and film.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification NameMaths GCSE Req.English GCSE Req.Other Req.Desirable QualificationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
Computer Science64Computer Science GCSE grade 5 or above or other evidence of programming.A Level Maths. Average GCSE grade of 5.5. If you do not have a grade 6 or above in Maths but have achieved a grade 6 or higher in GCSE Computer Science you will be advised on an individual basis.Experience of most common computer applications.SmartRevise course companion subscription: £8-10

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