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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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    • Riverside School, opened in September 2013, is a popular and successful school serving the local community with the very highest standard of education to ensure “Excellence for All”.

      Joining the Southern Consortium in September 2017, Riverside Campus will be a new Sixth Form housed in a modern and exceptionally well resourced new school building. Facilities will be unrivalled. Expectations for sixth form students will mirror that of all Southern Consortium school sites. Excellent teaching and learning will be coupled with a wide range of enhancement activities to ensure that all students fulfil their academic potential and achieve their life goals. There will be plenty of opportunity for private study to ensure academic excellence is achieved in a supportive and caring environment, as well as opportunities to participate in highly effective aspirational programmes, with links to Russell Group Universities.

      This new school Sixth Form will have learning at the heart of everything, whilst celebrating diversity and ensuring respect for all its students in order to meet the high aspirations it has for all.

      Consortium Transport

      The Consortium provides a friendly and efficient bus service, which is free to students, that moves students at lesson changes between Consortium school sites.