Nobody can deny the effect that computers have had on our life and society. From the internet to mobile phones, space travel to medical diagnostics, computers touch every aspect of our lives and have driven world change. Yet few of us really know how they function or have the skills to make them work for us. This course is aimed at students who want to learn practical, hands-on skills with a view to progressing onto university or a computing-related apprenticeship.
Duration: Two years
Starting date: September 2019
Location: SRC Bede Sixth Form
What will you do?
You’ll learn how computer systems work and develop the skills needed to write the software that makes them run. Developing practical, analytical and programming techniques you’ll develop real skills that can be taken into industry or higher education.
How will I learn?
We deliver the course, fun, fast and humorous. We focus on practical, hands-on programming, teaching you how to design and develop software for the 21st century.
How am I assessed?
Assessment will consist of two external exams in the first year. In the second year students complete a practical coursework project and two external exams.
Expand your knowledge with further study at HND/C level or progress to a relevant degree programme. Future careers could include consultancy, networking, computer programming, game or web design.
We are developing strong ties with Teesside University and there are clear progression paths on to their higher education programmes.
To have achieved A*/9-C/4 grades in at least seven GCSE programmes, including GCSE English and a grade B/6 in GCSE Maths.
You should have some previous experience of programming and a genuine drive to learn. This course is aimed at students who want to learn practical, hands-on skills with a view to progressing onto university of a computing-related apprenticeship.
What else do I need to know?
We look at approaches to problem solving and how to break down complex notions into smaller, easier problems that can be quickly solved. Programming skills and understanding are essential to the course and whilst we teach you the basics, a genuine interest is essential.
Reasons to join us:
- The computing industry is growing five times faster than any other industry.
- The UK is struggling to recruit good computing graduates, meaning lots of job opportunities.
What our students say:
“Computing is a challenging but interesting course that I am being pushed to do my best in”
“Computing is a very good course and I feel that I have made a lot of progress in it”
“Very approachable teacher”
Possible combination subjects:
You can choose any combination of courses that you like, but we think this subject goes particularly well with Maths and Physics.