Computing

OCR A Level in 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

You will need 5 A*-C GCSEs to enter the Sixth Form. No specific ICT qualification is required to gain entry to this course, but a B grade at GCSE Maths is advisable due to the amount of mathematics included in the course.

Attendance

This is a two year A Level but you will have the option of sitting the AS exams at the end of the first year. If you do take this option then your marks at A2 year will cancel out your AS results. It is expect that you will have a 97.5% attendance.

Assessment

 

Module

Level Module Title Mode of Assessment Brief Outline of Module
Comp 1 AS Computing principles

70 marks

1 hour and

15 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

A2

140 marks

2 hours and

30 minutes

written paper

Comp 2 AS Algorithms and problem solving

70 marks

1 hour and

15 minutes

written paper

·         Elements of computational thinking

·         Problem solving and programming

·         Algorithms

A2

140 marks

2 hours and

30 minutes

written paper

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.