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Computer Science A Level at Fairfax School

Course description

Computer Science is a practical subject where learners can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems. OCR’s Computer Science values computational thinking, helping learners to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence.

The aims of this qualification are to enable learners to develop:
- an understanding of, 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 the practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so

- the capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically

- the capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science

- mathematical skills

Course content

YEAR 12

TOPICS STUDIED:

Unit 1 - Computing Principles
Unit 2 - Algorithms & problem solving

YEAR 13

TOPICS STUDIED:

UNIT 3 - PROGRAMMING PROJECT
ASSESSMENT STRUCTURE: Two examinations Coursework

Entry requirements

The step up to the sixth form from Key Stage 4 provides an exciting challenge. It requires a successful academic record and a genuine interest and motivation in learning. We are proud of our reputation for being an inclusive sixth form with outstanding results. We work very hard with our prospective students to ensure they are enrolled in courses that are entirely appropriate to their abilities and interests.

Applicants will need to have at least a Grade 4 in English and Mathematics and an additional 3 GCSE grades A*-C

- There are also subject specific requirements which can be found in the Sixth Form prospectus. 
- Internal applicants who meet the minimum academic entrance requirements will be offered a place automatically (subject to individual subject requirements and availability of courses). 
- All successful applicants will be required to sign a sixth form code of conduct in recognition of the Academy’s expectations of sixth form students in terms of their behaviour, punctuality and attendance.

Fairfax students unlikely to meet these requirements should seek advice from their Head of Year, the school careers adviser or the Director of Sixth Form about possible options available to them.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Fairfax School directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2017
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