School Leaver

Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 Year Level 3 Part-Time - Day Hartlepool Sixth Form A-Levels Apply Enquire

What’s it all about?

Do you have a passion for programming and a drive for problem solving?

On this course, you will use C# and the .NET framework to create console applications with the opportunity to explore web or Windows based solutions in a project-based assessment in the second year.

Other practical subjects you will study include SQL Server databases and functional programming.

You will need 5 GCSEs at grade 4-9, including grade 6 in Maths

Study level Cost
19+ please enquire

You will be assessed through two exams (each weighted 40% of your final mark) and a non-examined assessment (a coding project weighted at 20%).

Paper 1 is an on-screen exam focusing on practical programming and code theory such as data structures (arrays, stacks, queues, dictionaries), algorithms (tree traversal, sorting and searching) and computational theory (regular expressions, finite state machines, Turing machines).

Paper 2 is a written exam covering general computer science theory, such as binary, decimal and hexadecimal number systems, encryption, Boolean algebra, logic gates, computer systems, computer architecture, moral/ethical issues, communication and networking, databases and ‘big data’.

The non-examined assessment is an independent software development project where you will analyse, design, implement, test and review a system that you have agreed to build for a client.

What’s next?

This programme is ideal to students wishing to undertake a degree in computer science or specialist degrees in software, web, games or application development, software engineering, or data science, cyber security, forensic computing, or network engineering. Industry, business, education and many of the professions are demanding good computer science graduates at both technical and management levels due to an international shortage in a number of related disciplines.

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Why sixth form is different to school

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.

More choice

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

More opportunities

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

We have recently invested in a brand new state-of-the-art digital suite and health simulation ward.