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Computer Science

Course Type:

Linear

Exam Board:

 OCR
 

Requirements:

7 in Computing
(GCSE Level)

Aims of the course 

  • The A-level Computer Science qualifications will inspire and challenge students to apply the knowledge they gain with the creative and technical skills they acquire.
  • The qualification will be focused on programming, will build on GCSE Computing and emphasise the importance of computational thinking as a discipline.
  • There’ll be an expanded maths focus, much of which will be embedded within the course; Computational thinking will be at the core of this new specification

What will I learn? 

  • Computer Systems
    This component will be a traditionally marked and structured question paper with a mix of question types. It will cover the characteristics of contemporary systems architecture and other areas including the following:
    • The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
    • Software and software development
    • Exchanging data
    • Data types, data structures and algorithms
    • Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues

  • Algorithms and Programming
    This component will be a traditionally marked and structured question paper with two sections, both of which will include a mix of question types.  Students will be given a problem in their exam for which they must design a solution.

  • Programming Project
    You will have a Controlled Assessment, user-driven problem of an appropriate size and complexity to solve. You will need to analyse the problem, design a solution, implement the solution and give a thorough evaluation.

Highlights 

 

Future Opportunities 

  • This qualification will provide you with a range of transferable skills that are useful across the curriculum.  There will also be an extended programming project which will give you an opportunity to develop your coding skills. 
  • Computer Science is a very creative subject and skills such as problem solving and analytical thinking will ll be refined and explored as you progress through the learning and assessment programme.