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A Level Computer Science

Computer Science

A Level Computer Science

Level: 3

Subject Title: Computer Science

Awarding Body: OCR

Entry Requirments

5 GCSE’s Grade A* - C (9-4 under the new grading system) Including English, Maths, and ICT.  GCSE Computing would be an advantage. 

Learning Method / Assessment:
Unit 1

Computer systems (01) 140 marks 2 hours and 30 minutes, written paper. (40% of Total)

Unit 2

 Algorithms and programming (02*) 140 marks 2 hours and 30 minutes, written paper. (40% of Total)

Unit 3

Programming project (03*) 70 marks Non-exam assessment (20% of Total)

Course Overview

This course will be run linear. 

  • 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
  • Elements of computational thinking
  • Problem solving and programming
  • Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms

The learner will choose a computing problem to work through according to the guidance in the specification.

  • Analysis of the problem
  • Design of the solution
  • Developing the solution
  • Evaluation

You learn how to specify, design and construct computer-based systems, evaluate and recognise potential risks and design creative solutions.

Expectations of Students
Suitable applicants must be self-motivated, hardworking, committed, have excellent attendance and a genuine interest in the computing industry.
Further Reading

It is advised that prospective candidates complete the following modules on

  • Python
  • HTML & CSS
  • JavaScript
Career Opportunities

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

  • Database administrator
  • Games developer
  • Information systems manager
  • IT consultant
  • Multimedia programmer
  • Systems analyst
  • Systems developer
  • Web designer
  • Web developer

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

  • IT sales professional
  • IT trainer
  • Network engineer
  • Technical author

Skills for your CV:

Computer Science teaches you subject-specific skills including:

  • Programming languages;
  • Hardware architecture and construction;
  • Network design and engineering;
  • Software engineering;
  • Software tools and packages such as Microsoft Office.