Start Date:Duration:Level:Study mode:Course location:Course Type:
01/09/20202 Years3Full-TimeHartlepool Sixth FormFull-time Vocational

What’s it all about?

Computing is a really exciting field to study as it has so many jobs being created in the field which can be explored. Within this course students will study programming languages which may include Python, C#, C++ and Visual Basic, scripting languages such as powershell, batchfiles as well as HTML, CSS and Java script. You will also learn how to develop mobile app development and website development. In addition to these you will learn about Cyber security and networking types by looking at ethical hacking, server and storage types.

The course will give you a wholesome overview of the computing industry and allow you to further study computing or progress into employment or an apprenticeship.

To study on this programme you will need to have 5 GCSE's A* - C or 9 - 4 which include maths and English.

Students who study on this programme will have lecturers who will show theory and practical skills. Students will work on practical tasks, individual tasks, group tasks in lesson and also complete research activities to further their knowledge.

As part of this course students will complete a range of exams and coursework pieces in which lecturing staff will support them in this development.

Students who study this course should have already have achieved maths & English through GCSE or functional skills.

Students who study this course are not expected to gain a placement however if you would like to gain some work experience then this will be advantageous towards you building your knowledge of the computing sector.

Students who study on this course will also be expected to complete tasks outside of lesson to prepare for exams and practical pieces.

Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm (full timetable will be confirmed by the course leader at enrolment)

Computer Science is an exciting field to study as it gives you the knowledge to look at lots of different career pathways such as Software Developer, Network engineering, Cyber security analyst, data analyst and Website development to name a few.

Within the course students will develop a range of knowledge and skills of computer science to competently be able to develop, design and build programmes as well as problem solving and designing networks for business and everyday use.

Students will have experienced lecturers and access to great facilities to be able to study and enhance knowledge of this exciting field.

Year 1:
- Fundamentals of Computer Systems
- IT Systems and Encryption

Year 2:
- Principles of Computer Systems
- Mobile App development


Students who study this programme will also have the opportunity to have guest speakers from industry come on site and be able to pass knowledge on and have the experience of building and developing applications as well as building Cyber security knowledge and practical skills.

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A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

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A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

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You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

97.2% of our students progress to a positive destination

(*Destination data for Hartlepool Sixth Form students aged 16-18, academic year 2017/18).

Why choose Hartlepool Sixth Form?

We are the College of the Year.

(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019)

100% pass rate in 20 A-Level subjects including Computer Science, Economics, History and Maths. 

*Summer 2019

99.1% overall A-Level pass rate

*Summer 2019

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