Computer Science

  • A Level
  • OCR
  • Entry requirements: GCSE Grade 6 in English, GCSE Grade 6 in Maths
  • Goes well with: Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Further Maths

Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It’s an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, that can look at the natural world through a digital prism. The course will be the best preparation for students who want to go on to study Computer Science at a higher level and will also provide a good grounding for other subject areas that require computational thinking and analytical skills.

Assessment details:

Component 01 - Computer Systems: 2 hour 30 minute written exam 40%

Mix of question types: including short-answer, longer-answer, and banded mark-scheme-type questions.

Content includes:
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

Component 02 - Algorithms and Programming: 2 hour 30 minute written
exam 40%

Part A - Traditional questions concerning computational thinking. Mix of question types: including short-answer, longer-answer, and levels of response mark scheme-type questions. Part B – Scenario/task contained in the paper, which could be an algorithm but will involve problem solving. 

Content includes:
Elements of computational thinking
Problem solving and programming
Algorithms 

Component 03 - Programming project: Internally assessed 20%
Candidates select their own user-driven problem of an appropriate size and complexity to solve. This will enable students to demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the Assessment Objectives.

“Computing is becoming more of an everyday thing so I felt it was important to be a part of the future”