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.

Computer Science profile student

Jordana Cholmondeley

Computer Science - Bishop Perowne CE College
I already had a basic knowledge of Computer Science from completing it as a GCSE at my high school, and found that not only was it a well-sought after qualification but genuinely intrigued and motivated me to learn more. It fits in well with Maths A Level, and my Psychology course aids me with the personal effects of Computer Science on people. It is incredibly valuable to learn the practicalities of technology, and this course has helped me think logically and analytically in all aspects of my studies. I am going to study Psychology at university, and this course will supplement my learning and has practical applications with how to think and approach problem solving.

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.

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