• LevelLevel 3
  • Age group16-18
  • Duration2 years
  • Awarding bodyAQA


This course is ideal for anyone interested in problem solving and knowing how computer systems work and are programmed. The course focuses on computational thinking, computational thinking is a kind of reasoning used by both humans and machines. The course has an emphasis on abstract thinking, general problem-solving, algorithmic, mathematical reasoning, scientific and engineering-based thinking.

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01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

A Level:

  • Paper 1: Programming 40% of A Level
  • Paper 2: Theory 40% of A Level
  • Coursework: 20% of A Level

September - June

Entry requirements

You should have achieved at least five 9-5 grades at GCSE (not equivalents), including English language and maths. An average GCSE point score of 5.5 recommended (only GCSE grades for this score, not equivalents).You should have achieved a grade 6 in GCSE maths.

A2 Paper 1, Paper 2 and coursework:

  • Paper 1 is a practical exam where students study pre-release material to work on in an exam.
  • Paper 2 is a written theory exam.
  • Coursework is a practical programming project worth 20% of the overall A Level.

University Opportunities:  Past students have progressed to study degrees in computing*, computer science, software engineering, mathematics, physics and games design. Please note that many university computer science courses also ask for A Level mathematics.
Career Opportunities: Career opportunities include IT business analysis, systems designer, IT engineering, web design, web development, IT consulting, IT systems management, systems analysis, games development, data analysis and programming.

Tuition fees are free if you are a UK or home- fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course.

If you are aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances. 

Many people qualify for free tuition fees, for more information please contact Course Information on 01642 333333. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time students.

Please click the apply now button at the top of this page which will take you to an application form to apply for A Levels. You only need to apply once for A Level programmes. After receiving your application form you will be invited to attend an informal interview where you will have a chance to discuss which specific A Level subjects you would like to enrol on.

If you have any queries with regards to your application or you would like further information and support, please contact our Admissions Team on (01642) 333601. Or if you have any enquiries about courses, please contact Course Information on (01642) 333333 or e-mail CourseInformation@mbro.ac.uk

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A Level students will be based in MC6, a modern, vibrant environment which promotes independent learning and study. The centre bridges the gap between school and university, with specialist classrooms and laboratories and open plan study and social spaces.

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Additional Information

Learning Support

We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

Financial Support

Whatever your age or level of study, we offer a comprehensive financial support service and bursary scheme to help you through your time at Middlesbrough College. From childcare assistance to travel packages, we pride ourselves on giving expert advice and support.

Travel Information

We are situated in a fantastic location, just a stone’s throw from Middlesbrough town centre. As well as being a matter of minutes from both the train and bus stations, eligible students can also benefit from free travel.


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