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Computer Science at Downham Market Academy

Course description

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

Course content

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
  • Evaluation

Assessment: Programming project (03 or 04) 70 marks Non - exam assessment

Entry requirements

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.

Last updated date: 09 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September