COMPUTER SCIENCE

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WHY STUDY COMPUTER SCIENCE?

A Level in Computer Science will encourage learners to be inspired, motivated and challenged by following a broad, coherent, practical, satisfying and worthwhile course of study.

 

It will provide insight into, and experience of how computer science works, stimulating learners’ curiosity and encouraging them to engage with computer science in their everyday lives and to make informed choices about further study or career choices.

 

The key features of this specification encourage:

  • emphasis on problem solving using computers

  • emphasis on computer programming and algorithms

  • emphasis on the mathematical skills used to express computational laws and processes, e.g. Boolean algebra/logic and comparison of the complexity of algorithms

  • less emphasis on ICT.

 

COURSE CONTENT

Computer Systems

  • 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

 

Algorithms and programming

  • Elements of computational thinking

  • Problem solving and programming

  • Algorithms

 

Programming project

  • Analysis of the problem

  • Design of the solution

  • Developing the solution

  • Evaluation

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ASSESSMENTS

Exam Papers

Paper 1: Computer Systems

2hrs 30mins (40%)

Paper 2: Algorithms and programming

2hrs 30mins (40%)

 

Non-exam Assessments

Coursework: Programming project

(20%)

 

HIGHER EDUCATION ROUTES

Artificial Intelligence / Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence / Computer Science / Electronic Engineering and Computer Science / Computer Forensics

 / Mathematics with Computer Science / Computing with Business Management / Business Information Systems / Computer Forensics & Security / Computer Networks and Security / Computer Games Design and Development

POTENTIAL CAREERS

Web Designer / Network Manager / Computer Programmer / Games Developer / Systems Analysts / IT Manager / Cyber Security / Software Engineer / Specialist Computing Teacher

EXAM BOARD: OCR

COURSE CODE: H446

COURSE TYPE: A Level