Exam Board: OCR    Duration: 2 years    Entry Requirements: Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics and Grade 4 in GCSE English.

Reasons to study Computer Science


This Computer Science A Level course will develop your understanding of how computers work and how they are programmed. The focus will be on computational thinking, algorithms and computer programming skills.
It is taught over two years with exams at the end of the course. An avid interest in programming, logical thinking, problem-solving and a preference for exams would be a real advantage.

Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. Our world is dominated by computers, they are present in almost every aspect of what we do. The aim of this course is to develop your computer programming skills through practical tasks, activities and a project based on developing a solution to a real life problem for a client of your choosing.

Course Outline


Computing Principles:

Examines how modern processors and operating systems work, what software is and how it is developed, the structure and exchange of data.

You will also learn about the legal and ethical issues surrounding computer use.

Algorithms and Problem Solving:

You will learn ways of approaching solving problems and of implementing solutions.

Think creatively, innovatively, analytically,
logically and critically

You learn at least one programming language and use this to develop and test your own solutions to problems.

Also, the unit covers the analysis of algorithms and the implementation of a range of standard sort and search processes.

Coursework Project:

By completing a programming project, students will
have the opportunity to create a substantial piece of
software using modern design methods, which they
can use to display their skills and talents.

Assessment Outline


Paper 1 Computing principles (01):
70 marks written exam (1 hour 15 minutes)

Paper 2 Algorithms and problem solving (02):
70 marks written exam (1 hour 15 minutes)

Component 01: A written paper assessing the majority of the specification content and is worth 50% of the
A Level (calculators are not allowed).

Component 02: A written paper assessing the application of the knowledge and understanding developed in component 01 and is worth 50% of the
A Level (calculators are not allowed).

Progression Routes and Career Paths


    • Software Developer
    • Systems Analyst
    • Web Developer
    • Data Analyst
    • IT Consultant
    • Network Engineer
    • Cybersecurity Analyst
    • Database Administrator
    • AI Engineer
    • Games Developer

 

The Romero’s Computing Department


A committed team of expert teachers who share their love of their subject with passion.

A team of teachers who at GCSE have, year on year, delivered some of the strongest outcomes in the country.

Members of the A Level delivery team have had extensive experience teaching A Level Computer Science.

Further Information


For more information or if you have any questions about the A Level Computer Science course please contact:

Mr K Kelly – Subject Leader for Computing [email protected]
Mr H Gonzalez – Director of Academic Systems [email protected]