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Computer Science A Level at St Augustine's CE High School

Course description

Learners must take three component modules to be awarded the OCR A-Level in Computer Science:
 
Computer Systems
  • 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 to solve problems and standard algorithms.               

Programming Project

  • Learners utilise VB.Net to produce a programming solution to a real-life problem. 

Course content

How will I learn?
  • Seminar and lectures
  • Personal research
  • Summative exam exercises
  • Discussion with peers
  • Online tutorials.

Entry requirements

There are no prior qualifications requirement for this specification. However a minimum entry grade of ‘A’ in Mathematics is a prerequisite (as Computer Science uses mathematics to express its computational laws and processes) together with a grade ‘B’ in English Language. There should, of course, be an enthusiastic curiosity for the subject in general as a considerable amount of background reading is required.

Assessment

This linear qualification consists of two examined, externally assessed components (2 hours and 30 minutes duration), each with a 40% weighting. The non-exam assessment (the programming project) is weighted at 20% and internally moderated in conjunction with the OCR exam board (the awarding body).

Future opportunities

The subject specification is relevant to the modern and changing world of computing and offers transferrable skills and opportunities for a broad range of worldwide technological careers e.g. Systems Analyst, Database Administrator, Software Developer, Web Developer, Computer Programmer, IT Manager, Civil Engineer.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Augustine's CE High School directly.

Last updated date: 28 March 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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