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Computer Science - A Level at Backwell School

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 A Level in Computer Science will value computational thinking, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence. Students will develop an ability to analyse, critically evaluate and make decisions. The aims of this qualification are to enable students 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 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  the ability to articulate the individual (moral), social (ethical), legal and cultural opportunities and risks of digital technology

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in Mathematics GCSE. An enthusiasm for Computing and IT. GCSE Computing or IT is desirable but not essential.

Future opportunities

This course is ideal for students wishing to pursue Computing studies, Information Systems, Multimedia, Software Engineering, Computer Networking, e-Business and Information Management at degree level, or for anyone considering any kind of career in computing. It is also a good additional subject for any student considering taking Mathematics, Engineering or Sciences.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September