Exam Board Specification: OCR
How the course is assessed
80% externally assessed and 20% internally assessed
Description of course
Computer Science is a practical subject where students 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. Learners will develop an ability to analyse, critically evaluate and make decisions. The project approach is a vital component of ‘post-school’ life and is of particular relevance to Further Education, Higher Education and the workplace. Each learner is able to tailor their project to fit their individual needs, choices and aspirations. OCR offers a rigorous assessment structure that ensures the integrity of the project
Students will develop an understanding of the organisation of computer systems, including software, hardware, data, communications and people; as well as the ability to apply skills, knowledge and understanding of computing, including programming in a range of contexts to solve problems.
Develop skills in project and time management and an understanding of the consequences of using computers including social, legal, ethical and other issues.
Finally students will develop an awareness of emerging technologies and an appreciation of their potential impact on society.
Higher education, future careers and progression routes
Higher education in computing, computer science, software engineering, multimedia technology, software developing, programming and ICT.
2017 Examination success rates:
Students must meet the Consortium minimum entry criteria for A Level courses, that is, a GCSE grade 4 or higher in English Language, grade 5 or higher in Maths (point score of 44.5 or higher).
To study A Level Computing, students are also required to have a GCSE grade B or equivalent in a Computer related subject or a grade 6 in Maths if no GCSE.
A useful book to own is the:
OCR A Level Computer Science Paperback – 24 Apr 2015
by George Rouse (Author), Jason Pitt (Author), Sean O'Byrne (Author)
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