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Computer Science

Content

Computer Science is a practical subject where learners can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems. It is an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, and can look at the natural world through a digital prism. OCR’s A Level in Computer Science will value computational thinking, helping learners to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence.

Entry requirements

Please refer to The John of Gaunt Sixth Form entry requirements.

Attendance

This is a two year A Level course.

Assessment

Module

Level

Module Title

Mode of Assessment

Brief Outline of Module

Comp 1

A2

Computing principles

140 marks

2 hours and

30 minutes

written paper

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

Comp 2

A2

Algorithms and problem

solving

140 marks

2 hours and

30 minutes

written paper

Elements of computational thinking

Problem solving and programming

Algorithms

Comp 3

A2

Programming

project

70 marks

Non-exam

assessment

Analysis of the problem

Design of the solution

Developing the solution

Evaluation

Moving On

The whole course is based on studying and applying the use of Computing in the workplace so it is difficult to think of any career in which a study of the use of computers at this level would not be advantageous. Computing A Level provides a good basis for further study or a career in the IT industry.