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A-Level Computer Science at Silverdale

Course description

A-Level : OCR  Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems.  It's an intensly creative subject that combines invention and excitement and can look at the natural world through a digital prism.


Course content


  • Characteristics of eontemporary systems architecture: Operating systems
  • Softward and software development:  Introduction to programming
  • Exchanging data:  Databases, networks and web technologies
  • Data types, representation and structures:  Using Boolean algebra
  • Legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues:  Computing-related laws
  • Elements of computational thinking:  Undestanding computational thinking
  • Problem solving and programming: Programming techniques, Software development methodologies
  • Algorithms: Analysis and design
  • The characteristics of contemporary processors (input, output and storage devices).  Components of a computer and their uses.  Software and software development (types of software and the methodologies used to develop them). Exchange data (how data is exchanged between different structures and the use of different algorithms).  Legal, moral cultural and ethical issues (laws surrounding the use and ethical issues that can arise from the use of computers).
  • Elements of computational thinking.  What is meant by computational thinking.  Problem solving and programming.  How computers are used to solve problems and prgrams can be written to solve them.  Algorithms (the use of algorithms to describe problems and standard algorithms).
  • Analysis of the problem.  Design of the solution.  Implementation of the solution.  Evaluation.


Entry requirements

Grade 5 or above in a GCSE Computer Science and Grade 5 in Maths.

(ECDL is NOT sufficient)


3 exams

Paper 1 - Computer systems - externally marked question paper, 40%, 2 hours 30 mins

Paper 2 - Algorithms and programming - externally marked question paper, 40%, 2 hours

Paper 3 - Programming project - internally assessed, externally moderated, 20%




Future opportunities

This course will enable learners to progress to higher study at university or to progress directly to employment.


The course is suitable for learners intending to pursue any career in which an understanding of technology is needed.  

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 01 October 2018
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    • Please use the web link above to access information about the Sixth Form timetable structure at Silverdale. It is vitally important that you look at our blocking when deciding on your subjects.This will ensure that your choices are compatible with our timetable.

      You must select one subject from each of the four blocks (or from three blocks if you are only studying three subjects).

      All our courses offered will run from September 2018 subject to sufficient demand.