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Computer Science A-Level (OCR) at Harington School

Course description

The world of Computing is changing fast. There is a shortage of qualified candidates for jobs, and a Computing course offers you the opportunitiy to gain the skills that employers and universities are seeking. Not only do you learn about programming concepts and practice, you will also become a proactive and independent thinker. The subject demands both logical discipline and imaginative creativity in the selection and design of algorithms and the writing, testing and debugging of programs. It relies on an understanding of the rules of language at a simple level and it encourages an awareness of the management and organisation of computer systems.

Course content

The course is ideal for any who are seriously considering a career working with computers. With the emphasis on Computer Science, students will learn to become effective designers and implementers of computing solutions. During your dirst year you will produce a programmed solution to a scenario set by the Exam Board.

In preparation for the written exam you will investigate the following topics:

  • Hardware and communication
  • Organisation and structure of data
  • Algorithms and programming
  • Nature and type of software
  • Systems analysis and design
  • Characteristics of computer applications
  • Consequences of current trends in the uses of computers



Entry requirements

Each year, Harington School offers 150 places in Year 12 to students who meet our admissions criteria. 


Our usual minimum requirements are:

  • Five GCSEs at grade B or abov
  • A*- C passes in Mathematics and English

There is an expectation that students will have achieve an A*-B grade in the subjects (or comparable subjects) that they wish to take at A-Level.

Future opportunities

Computing and Mathematics and/or Physics complement each other extremely well and they are often taken together. However, COmputing integrates well with many subjects across the curriculum and prepares you very well for a range of degrees including:

  • Computer Science
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Games Production
  • Information Systems
  • Forensic Computing
  • Computer Technologies
  • Network Management
  • Wev Design and Services

Further information

Harington places a great emphasis on academic achievement and on providing challenging opportunities for personal development, through the Duke of Edinburgh Award and the individual Extended Project. These are essential when applying for the most prestigious universities. There will also be the opportunity to take the ABRSM grades in Music.

When choosing your A-Level subjects, you should take into consideration not only your personal strengths but also the requirements of any future courses you will wish to study post-18.

This is a very exciting time to join Harington School and our goal is to help you achieve the success you need to progress on to the next important stage of your education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harington School directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2015
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