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A Level Computer Science

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code SS3
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


A-Level : OCR  Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems.  It's an intensly creative subject that combines invention and excitement and can look at the natural world through a digital prism.




  • Characteristics of eontemporary systems architecture: Operating systems
  • Softward and software development:  Introduction to programming
  • Exchanging data:  Databases, networks and web technologies
  • Data types, representation and structures:  Using Boolean algebra
  • Legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues:  Computing-related laws
  • Elements of computational thinking:  Undestanding computational thinking
  • Problem solving and programming: Programming techniques, Software development methodologies
  • Algorithms: Analysis and design
  • The characteristics of contemporary processors (input, output and storage devices).  Components of a computer and their uses.  Software and software development (types of software and the methodologies used to develop them). Exchange data (how data is exchanged between different structures and the use of different algorithms).  Legal, moral cultural and ethical issues (laws surrounding the use and ethical issues that can arise from the use of computers).
  • Elements of computational thinking.  What is meant by computational thinking.  Problem solving and programming.  How computers are used to solve problems and prgrams can be written to solve them.  Algorithms (the use of algorithms to describe problems and standard algorithms).
  • Analysis of the problem.  Design of the solution.  Implementation of the solution.  Evaluation.


How will it be delivered?

3 exams

Paper 1 - Computer systems - externally marked question paper, 40%, 2 hours 30 mins

Paper 2 - Algorithms and programming - externally marked question paper, 40%, 2 hours

Paper 3 - Programming project - internally assessed, externally moderated, 20%




Entry requirements

Grade 5 or above in a GCSE Computer Science and Grade 5 or above in Maths.

(ECDL is NOT sufficient)


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