Computer Science

A Level OCR Board

Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. Both qualifications require computational thinking, helping students to develop the skills of problem solving, designing systems and understanding the power and limits of human and machine intelligence.

Year One

Students two units, each internally assessed and weighted at 50% each.

Unit 1 Computer Principles

In this unit, students gain an understanding of the characteristics of contemporary processors, software and software development.

Unit 2 Algorithms and Problem Solving

In this unit, students gain an understanding of the principles of computational thinking, problem solving, programming and algorithms.

Year Two

Students will study three units, two of which will be externally assessed exams making up 80% of the qualification. The other 20% will consist of a course work project which is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Unit 1 Computer Systems

In this unit, students learn about the components of a computer and their uses, types of software and the methodologies used to develop them.

Unit 2 Algorithms and Programming

In this unit, students learn what is meant by computational thinking, how computers and programs are used to solve problems and the use of algorithms to describe problems.

Unit 3 Programming Project

For the coursework component students analyse, design,develop, test, evaluate and document aprogram written in a suitable programming language.

What Next?

The A Level course provides the foundations to study the subject at a higher level and will also be an excellent grounding for other subject areas that require computational thinking and analytical skills.

Future Job Opportunities:

Computer games developer, Web designer, App developer, Programmer to name but a few.

Further Information

Mr S Burnaby: