A Level Computer Science
Head of Department: Mr I. Bartram
Examination Board: OCR
Specification Code: H446
Course Requirement: GCSE Computing or GCSE Computer Science grade A or 7
Description of the course
This course enables learners to develop:
- An understanding and ability to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science
- The ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving problems and writing programs
- The capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
- The capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science
- An understanding of the impact that technology is having and may have in the future on us individually and on society
- Computational thinking
- Problem solving techniques
- Contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
- Systems software, application and software development
- Networks, web technologies and techniques for compressing and encrypting data
- Data types, structures and standard algorithms used to manipulate them
- Legal, cultural, moral and ethical issues relating to Computer Science
Students will sit two written papers at the end of the A-level course which each contribute 40% to the overall mark. They will also complete a programming project in the second year which accounts for 20% of the final qualification grade.
Who should study this course?
Students who wish to study Computer Science at university must take A level Mathematics and should consider Further Mathematics. A level Computer Science is for those students who wish to study the subject further before entering higher education.