A Level Computer Science
Exam Board: OCR
This modern qualification gives an insight into a range of computing systems, including an understanding of the principles of programming and solving of problems. The course is not about learning to use tools or just training in a programming language; instead the emphasis is on computational thinking.
- Characteristics of processors, input, output and storage devices
- Software and software development
- Exchanging data
- Data types, data structures and algorithms
- Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues
- Elements of computational thinking
- Problem solving and programming
- Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms
- Programming project – analysis, design, develop, evaluate
Exams and Assessment
- Computing Principles, written paper, 1 ¼ hours, 50% of AS Level
- Algorithms and Problem Solving, written paper, 1 ¼ hours, 50% of AS Level
- Computer Systems, written paper, 2 ½ hours, 40% of A Level
- Algorithms and Programming, written paper, 2 ½ hours, 40% of A Level
- Programming Project, non-exam assessment, 20% of A Level
Teachers and Teaching
Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It’s an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement. Teaching will include a combination of practical and theoretical work and will include individual research, problem solving, group activities, practical activities and group presentations. Led by Andrew Gardner.
University Courses and Careers
The specification has been designed for students who wish to go on to higher education courses or employment where knowledge of Computer Science would be beneficial. It also provides an excellent preparation for students looking to take computing studies or other computing variants at degree level.
Opportunities are available in a huge variety of industry sectors and organisations including financial, IT, management consultancy, software houses, communication companies, multinational companies, government agencies, education and health care.