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Computer Science A Level at Kings Norton Girls' School & Sixth Form

Course description

Computyer Scienec studies Computing Principles, algorithms and problem solving along with a Programming Project.

Course content

Unit 1 – Computing Principles (40%)

It will cover the characteristics of contemporary systems architecture and other areas including the following: The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices. Software and software development. Programming. Exchanging data. Data types, data structures and algorithms. Legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues.

Unit 2 – Algorithms and problem solving (40%)

There’ll be a short scenario/task contained in the paper, which could be an algorithm or a text page-based task, which will involve problem solving. Other areas covered include the following:

  • SECTION A Traditional questions concerning computational thinking – Elements of computational thinking, problem solving and programming, algorithms, pattern recognition, abstraction and decomposition and standard algorithms.
  • SECTION B There’ll be a scenario/task contained in the paper, which could be an algorithm or a text page-based task, which will involve problem solving.

Unit 3 – Programming Project (20%)

Students select their own user-driven problem of an appropriate size and complexity to solve. This will enable them to demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the Assessment Objectives. Students will need to analyse the problem, design a solution, implement the solution and give a thorough evaluation.

Entry requirements

GCSE Computing grade ‘6’ or above or GCSE Computer Science grade ‘6’ or above. Mathematics grade ‘6’ or above.

NB For students who are considering studying computer science at university it essential that they study A Level Mathematics for applications to be considered in the majority of cases.


Exam Board: OCR

Unit 1 and 2 components will be a traditionally marked and structured question paper with a mix of question types: short-answer, longer-answer, and levels of response mark scheme-type questions

Future opportunities

Progression routes and careers:

A Level Computer Science can lead to many different pathways. Generic pathways include: banks, transport sector, hospitals, schools, telecommunications, engineering, etc. In addition, there are more specific Computer Science related pathways which include: programmer, developer (application, game), administrator (systems, network, database), managers (information, IT, project, security), etc.

Further information

Come to one of our Sixth Form Open Events to experience our vibrant and thriving community first hand:

Open Evening - Monday 18th September, 2017 from 5pm - 8pm

Open Morning - Tuesday 19th September, 2017 from 9am - 11am

Meet the Sixth Form and Careers Fair - Wednesday 15th November, 2017 from 3.30pm - 5.30pm

A copy of our application form and prospectus can be downloaded from or by contacting Zoe Nelmes, Sixth Form Administrator –

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kings Norton Girls' School & Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 28 July 2017
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