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Computer Science A Level (OCR) at Hampton Sixth Form

Course description

Computer Science is a practical subject where learners 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.  The course values computational thinking, helping learners to develop the skill to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human machine intelligence.  Learners will develop an ability to analyse, critically evaluate and make decisions. 


The aims of this qualification are to enable students to develop:

  • An understanding and ability to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science including: abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • The ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so
  • The capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • The capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science
  • Mathematical skills


Some of the key topics covered in this course are:

  • The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
  • Software and software development
  • Exchanging data
  • Data types, data structures and algorithms
  • Elements of computational thinking
  • Problem solving and programming
  • Algorithms

Entry requirements

We would expect students to have a grade 6 or higher in Maths.  You do not need to have studied I.T. before to choose this course.


This specification is designed to be taken over two years.

This is a linear qualification. In order to achieve the award, students must complete all assessments at the end of the course and in the same series.

Paper 1: Computer Systems: 2 hours 30 minutes; 40% of overall course
Paper 2: Algorithms and programming: 2 hours 30 minutes; total raw mark: 40% of overall course
Coursework: Programming Project :total raw mark: 20% of overall course

Future opportunities

This course provides insight into, and experience of how computer science works, stimulating learners’ curiosity and encouraging them to engage with computer science in their everyday lives and to make informed choices about further study or career choices.


Further information

Information Technology links particularly well with Mathematics. It also works well with subjects such as business, physics, science, arts or technology.

Contact Mr Willets, Head of Computing via e-mail at

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 13 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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