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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

Course Content

  • 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
  • Databases
  • Data types, structures and standard algorithms used to manipulate them
  • Legal, cultural, moral and ethical issues relating to Computer Science

Course Assessment

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.