Computer Science

Specification: OCR

Qualification: A Level

Why study Computer Science?

Computer science is the study of computer systems, including: hardware and software components, algorithms and programming. You will learn the necessary skills to be a proficient programmer and solve real world problems using creative and innovative high-tech solutions. You will be taught logical thinking skills that will benefit your future studies at university and beyond, and you will also be better prepared for the increasing number of new and lucrative careers within the IT industry. If you want to work with cutting edge technology and be part of the digital revolution, then computer science is the right course for you.

What will I study?

Computer Systems:

Includes: the characteristics of processors, input, output and storage devices, software and software development, exchanging data, data types, data structures and legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues.

Algorithms and Programming:

Relates principally to problem solving skills and includes: understanding algorithms, elements of computational thinking and programming.

Programming Project:

A practical assessment involving a task that is chosen by the student and their teacher and is produced in a programming language of their choice. Students will work through their project according to the guidance in the specification and complete the following tasks: analysis of the problem, design of the solution, development of the solution and evaluation of the solution.

Assessment method

A level

Two written exam papers

Paper 1: Computer Systems                   – worth 40%

Paper 2: Algorithms and Programming    – worth 40%

And:

One piece of coursework

Programming Project                             – worth 20%

 

Future Opportunities & Careers

This qualification could aid progression onto a variety of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) based degree courses. Computer Science combines well with subjects that benefit from a logical and systematic approach, and those with analytical, scientific & technological aspects.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in Maths and IT GCSE

Course expenses

OCR AS and A Level Computer Science Textbook by PM Heathcote and RSU Heathcote (£30 RRP)

 

Head of Department: Mr Peter Williams

Email: peter.williams@gryphon.dorset.sch.uk

 

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