Computer Science at Downham Market Academy
Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real - world systems. It’s an intensely creative subject that combines invention and lateral application.
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
Content and Assessment Overview
The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
- Software and software development
- Exchanging data
- Data types, data structures and algorithms
- Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues
assessment: Computer systems (01) 140 marks 2 hours and 30 minutes written paper 40% of total A level
- Elements of computational thinking
- Problem solving and programming
- Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms
Assessment: Algorithms and programming (02) 140 marks 2 hours and 30 minutes written paper 40% of total A level
The learner will choose a computing problem to work through according to the guidance in the specification.
- Analysis of the problem
- Design of the solution
- Developing the solution
Assessment: Programming project (03 or 04) 70 marks Non - exam assessment
The entry requirement for this course are a GCSE ‘B’ grade on the Computer Science or a Merit on the AiDA course.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Downham Market Academy directly.