A-Level Computer Science

Sixth Form

A-Level Computer Science

Designed after consultation with members of the British Computer Society and a number of top universities, OCR’s A-Level Computer Science qualifications inspire and challenge students to apply the knowledge they gain with the creative and technical skills they acquire.

Who Should Take this Course?

Obviously, GCE Computer Science is the ideal choice for those hoping for a career in Computing. More than this, however, it provides students with many of the problem solving, thinking and design skills that are highly valued in a variety of industries. If you want to become a designer, architect, engineer, publisher, medical researcher, music or film producer (the list is endless), then Computer Science is also for you.

What Topics Will I Study?

Unit 1: Computer Systems (40%).

Assessed via written examination. Topics include: 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.

Unit 2: Algorithms and Programming (40%).

Assessed via written examination. Topics include: elements of computational thinking; programming and problem solving; pattern recognition, abstraction and decomposition; algorithm design and efficiency.

Unit 3: Programming Project (20%).

Please click here for exam information and topics studied in each academic year.

What Grades do I Need at GCSE Level?

As well as the minimum entry requirements for the Sixth Form, you are expected to have attained a grade 6 in GCSE Maths, and a grade 6 for GCSE Computer Science. The most important factor is that you have a genuine interest in Computer Science and programming.

What About Choices After A-Levels?

A GCE in Computer Science gives students a wide choice of options into further study, training or relevant employment. Those wishing to take their Computer Science studies further will be well equipped to move on to a Degree in Computer Science.

Further Information

If you would like further information on any aspect of A Level Computer Science, please contact Mr. H. Barfield (Head of Department): hbarfield@idsall.shropshire.sch.uk

Exam Board: OCR

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