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Computing A Level at Southern Consortium Sixth Form

Course description

Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems.

It is an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, and can look at the natural world through a digital prism. OCR’s A Level in Computer Science will value computational thinking, helping learners to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence. Learners will develop an ability to analyse, critically evaluate and make decisions. The project approach is a vital component of ‘post-school’ life and is of particular relevance to Further Education, Higher Education and the workplace. Each learner is able to tailor their project to fit their individual needs, choices and aspirations. OCR offers a rigorous assessment structure that ensures the integrity of the project

Students will develop an understanding of the organisation of computer systems, including software, hardware, data, communications and people; as well as the ability to apply skills, knowledge and understanding of computing, including programming in a range of contexts to solve problems.

Develop skills in project and time management and an understanding of the consequences of using computers including social, legal, ethical and other issues.

Finally students will develop an awareness of emerging technologies and an appreciation of their potential impact on society.

Entry requirements

Students must meet the Consortium minimum entry criteria for A Level courses, that is, a GCSE grade 5 and above in English, and Computing at a C as well as a minimum of GSCE grade C’s and B’s (point score of 41.5).

To study A Level Computing, students are also required to have a GCSE Maths grade 6.

Future opportunities

Higher education in computing, computer science, software engineering, multimedia technology, software developing, programming and ICT.

Further information

A useful book to own is the:
OCR A Level Computer Science Paperback – 24 Apr 2015
by George Rouse (Author), Jason Pitt (Author), Sean O'Byrne (Author)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Southern Consortium Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 30 November 2017
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