Computer Science

Specification: OCR

Why study Computer Science?

Computer Science is relevant to the modern and changing world of computing. The new specification will allow you to:

  • Focus on programming, building on GCSE Computing and emphasise the importance of computational thinking as a discipline.
  • Have an expanded maths focus, much of which will be embedded within the course.
  • Put computational thinking at its core, helping you to develop skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence.
  • Allow you to apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems in an exciting and engaging manner.
  • Give you a clear progression into higher education, as the course was designed after consultation with members of BCS, CAS and top universities.

What will I study?

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, and can look at the natural world through a digital prism. The aims of this qualification are to enable learners to develop:

  • An understanding and ability to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including: abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation.
  • The ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so
  • The capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • The capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science
  • Mathematical skills.

The key features of this specification encourage:

  • Emphasis on problem solving using computers
  • Emphasis on computer programming and algorithms
  • Emphasis on the mathematical skills used to express computational laws and processes, e.g. Boolean algebra/logic and comparison of the complexity of algorithms
  • Less emphasis on ICT.

Assessment overview

A level

  • Computer systems (01) 140 marks 2 hours and 30 minutes written paper 40% of total A level
  • Algorithms and programming (02*) 140 marks 2 hours and 30 minutes written paper 40% of total A level
  • Programming project (03* or 04**) 70 marks Non-exam assessment 20% of total A level

 

Entry requirements

You need to have a minimum of a 5 at GCSE in Computer Science and 5 in Mathematics.

Course expenses

1 book currently £28

Further information

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-computer-science-h046-h446-from-2015/

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It’s less than a week until our Careers and Degree Apprenticeship Fair! Gryphon students will have the opportunity to meet the employers during the day, but there is also an evening session (4.30-7.00pm) when you are welcome to come back with your parents, and it is also open to the public, so any young people in the area who want to find out more about career options are welcome!

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*Careers & Degree Apprenticeships Fair – Wednesdsay*
As well as some of the region’s top employers, we also have a number of other organisations attending on Wednesday. The Samee Project is a unique and inspirational social enterprise that aims to promote self-employment and freelance working as viable career options to young people in school education.

Chris Wilkinson will be on the stand to talk to students and parents – he was awarded an MBE for his services to the Police. He is also an Animal behaviourist and dog trainer and a Patron of the SAMEE Charity.

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Sixth Form Open Evening

for September 2018 entry

Weds 8th November 2017, 5.30-7.30pm

Headteacher's address at 5.30 / 6.15 / 7.00pm