Computer Science

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Computer Science

This course is designed to be more theoretically challenging and is suited to those who plan to enter a computing profession or go on to do a computing or IT degree. It will require students to be able to work independently.

Examination Board OCR

Specification Number H446

Sixth Form > Our Pathways

Computer Science

This course is designed to be more theoretically challenging and is suited to those who plan to enter a computing profession or go on to do a computing or IT degree. It will require students to be able to work independently.

Examination Board OCR

Specification Number H446

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  • Course Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Assessment Information
  • Progression Route
  • How do I prepare?

Course Overview

This course is designed to be more theoretically challenging and is suited to those who plan to enter a computing profession or go on to do a computing or IT degree. It will require students to be able to work independently.

 

Topics Covered
  • Computer Systems
  • Algorithms and programming
  • Programming Project
  • Problem solving
  • Exchanging data
  • Software development
  • Legal, moral and ethical issues
  • Design
  • Characteristics of contemporary processors 
 
Course Leader of Computer Science

Mr Anstey

 

Entry Requirements

Sixth Form Entry Criteria: 

A minimum of 5 9-5 GCSE grades, which must include a grade 5 or above in either English Language or English Literature. 

 
Special Entry Requirements:
  • GCSE Maths 5+
  • GCSE Computer Science 5+ (if studied) 

 

Students must be prepared to work long hours outside lesson time to regularly review the topics covered.

Assessment Information

Both Units 1 and 2 are externally assessed examinations in Year 13, and Unit 3/4 is an internally assessed and moderated coursework Unit.

 

Assessment Topic Area Duration Value
ExamComputer Systems2 hour 30 minutes40%
ExamComputer Systems2 hour 30 minutes40%
CourseworkProgramming ProjectStudents develop and design their own project to solve a problem of their own design/choice.20%

Progression Route

This qualification supports progression into further/higher education, training or employment into Computer Analyst, Software Developer/Engineer, Computer Programmer, Computer Games Developer, Computer Network Architect, and Website Developer.

How do I prepare? 

Recommended Reads
OCR AS and A Level Computer Science PM Heathcote and RSU Heathcote
OCR A Level Compter Science George Rouse, Jason Pitt & Sean O'Bryne
Computer Studies for A Level: 3rd Edition David Cooper
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Teach ICT Explore Website
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Course Leader of Computer Science
Mr Anstey timothy.anstey@woodgreenacademy.co.uk