Computer Science A level at Balcarras School
Computer science is a challenging subject that asks students to think in a computational way. There is an emphasis on abstract thinking, problem solving and reasoning using analytical, logical and creative skills.
The course itself is very challenging and covers computing fundamentals, looking in depth at computer architecture, programming and internet technologies.
For students wishing to take computer science a B in mathematics GCSE is essential and a B in an IT-based course (preferably computing GCSE) is desirable. All applications will be considered on an individual basis.
Examination Board – OCR
Unit 1: Computing principles, 1¼ hrs written paper 70 marks - 50% of total AS-level
Unit 2: Algorithms and problem solving, 1¼ hrs written paper 70 marks - 50% of total AS-level problem solving
Unit 1: Computer systems, 2½ hrs written paper 140 marks - 40% of total A-level
Unit 2: Algorithms and programming, 2½ hrs written paper 140 marks - 40% of total A-level
Unit 3: Programming project Non exam assessment 70 marks - 20% of total A-level
This course is an excellent way to prepare for degree-level study in areas such as computer science, programming, software and systems design or engineering. It is also effective as career entry and industry preparation.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Balcarras School directly.