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Advances in computing are transforming the way we work and with its emphasis on abstract thinking, general problem-solving, algorithmic and mathematical reasoning, A-level Computer Science is an excellent foundation for understanding and applying solutions to these future challenges.

Computer Science is a broad-based course where you will gain a sound understanding of the internal structure of computers and how they operate. You will spend a significant time studying programming and developing skills in expressing solutions to problems using algorithms, as well as gaining understanding of how standard data processing can help to create mobile apps. 

Studying A-level Computer Science at University College Birmingham will put you at the heart of digital innovation. We have a highly successful digital department, meaning A-level Computer Science students will benefit from specialist lectures and be able to experience unique digital learning facilities, including cyber security and gaming labs, as well as a digital creative media studio. Passionate about digital advancement, we even have dedicated a team who focus on digital innovation for creativity in education. On completion, you can go onto a computer-related degree, onto an apprenticeship or go directly into industry. 

Why choose A-levels at our sixth form centre?

  • PREPARE FOR UNIVERSITY AT A UNIVERSITY – We can provide you with relevant work placements, masterclasses, guest speakers, trips and more
  • AWARD-WINNING SUPPORT – We have won national awards for our student support, which our sixth form students can tap into, from tailored academic support to financial assistance and health and wellbeing services
  • OUTSTANDING LEARNING FACILITIES - We have invested £5.5 million into our brand-new sixth form centre, which includes lecture theatres, classrooms, science and computer labs, practical training facilities and open study spaces
  • MOVE UP TO UNIVERSITY – Want to keep studying at a higher level? This A-level will support your progression to degree level
Find out more about our sixth form centre and our vision for our A-level students. View video.

Course breakdown

To achieve your Computer Science A-level, you must study the following topics:

Computer systems 

  • Computer structure 
  • Software development 
  • Networking 
  • Computer ethics and legislation 
  • Computational theory


  • Data types 
  • Data transmission and exchange 
  • Data structures
  • Data design


  • Structured query language 
  • Algorithm design and efficiency 
  • Complexity theory 
  • Dijkstra algorithm 

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

  • You will need 4 GCSE at grade 5 or above, including a grade 5 in GCSE Maths to study this A-level.

Supporting documents required

  • School applicants will be required to provide a school report, which must include attendance. This will be assessed in conjunction with your qualifications and application during the confirmation of your place at University College Birmingham.

Guaranteed progression

Students who achieve 56 UCAS points or more from this qualification will automatically be guaranteed a place on a degree course at University College Birmingham. Some undergraduate courses require additional entry requirements, so applicants are advised to check entry requirements before applying.

Key information

Teaching and assessment

You will be assessed through written examinations as well as coursework. 

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

Enhanced Learning Opportunity - Core Maths

To support and extend your learning experience at the sixth form centre, we are offering students on this particular A-level course the additional opportunity to study Core Maths. 

Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths)  

Core Maths, a one-year course equivalent to an AS-level (half an A-level), is an engaging and diverse course that gives you an excellent preparation for your future. It is about using maths to solve meaningful, real-life problems, as well as developing your data handling and critical analysis skills, equipping you with the essential quantitative skills you need for many careers and degrees. 

We are creating something unique and special for Birmingham and I am delighted you are considering us for your next steps. Studying A-levels requires discipline and determination, but it is also incredibly rewarding, offering you a deep insight into the subjects you choose to study. Sixth form is also an opportunity for you to discover what’s important to you and how you want to make your mark on the world. Our aim is to support and challenge you through this, while developing your character and widening your horizons so you flourish, professionally and personally. 

Rebecca Tigue Sixth Form Centre Principal

What will this course prepare you for? 

Developing software and hardware that solves key problems is crucial to a vast range of careers, from personalised medicine and predicting the spread of infectious diseases in the healthcare industry to writing code that conjures up intricate CGI worlds for movies in the entertainment industry. Computing personnel are required by industries as diverse as space and aeronautics, national defence, sports equipment, transport and travel, modern media and social networking. 

As well as leading to degrees and apprenticeships in computer science, software engineering, cyber security, artificial intelligence and robotics, A-level computer science helps you develop the skills needed to analyse big data, leading to careers in banking, stock broking and finance. 

The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

Software engineer

Average Salary: £52,000

Data analyser

Average Salary: £41,000

Web designer

Average Salary: £32,000

Digital system engineer

Average Salary: £51,000


We are here to support your career goals every step of the way. 


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