Computer Science A level

Awarding body: OCR

Course entry requirement: GCSE Computer Science Grade B and Maths GCSE Grade 6

Course description:

Sixth Form Curriculum Computer ScienceThe aims of this qualification are to enable learners to develop:

  • An understanding of 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 for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.
  • The capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science .
  • Mathematical skills.
  • The ability to articulate the individual (moral), social (ethical), legal and cultural opportunities and risks of digital technology. 

Qualification: AS Method of assessment: Examination

Duration: 1 year course Specification no.: H046

Content Overview

The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices

  • Software and software development 
  • Programming 
  • Exchanging data 
  • Data types, data structures and algorithms 
  • Legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues 
  • Elements of computational thinking 
  • Problem solving and programming 
  • Algorithms 

Assessment Overview

Paper 01: Computing Principles

1hr 15min Written Exam Paper 50% of AS level

Paper 02: Algorithms and problem Solving

1hr 15min Written Exam Paper 50% of AS level

Qualification: A Level, Method of assessment: Examination

Duration: 2 year course, Specification no.: H046

Content Overview
The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
Software and software development
Exchanging data
Data types, data structures and algorithms
Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues
Elements of computational thinking
Problem solving and programming
Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms

The students will undertake a Programming Project work through covering the following:

a. Analysis of the problem
b. Design of the solution
c. Developing the solution
d. Evaluation

 Assessment Overview

Paper 01: Computer Systems 2hr 30min Written Exam Paper, 40% of total A level

Paper 02: Algorithms and Programming 2hr 30min Written Exam Paper, 40% of total A level

Paper 03: Programming Project Non-Exam Assessment, 20% of total A level

 Opportunities for progression and career prospects:

Making a career in computing can be very intellectually rewarding. So who makes a good computer scientist or practitioner? A successful computer professional: 

  • Keeps up to date – computing is a fast moving field;
  • Understand the basics- learning new facts and techniques is easier if you have a grasp of what is at the back of it all;
  • Is a good communicator;
  • Must be numerate but does not necessarily have to be a traditional ‘mathematician’;
  • Must be able to understand the business that is using a particular system.