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Computing A Level at Sandhurst School

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. OCR’s A Level in Computer Science will value computational thinking, helping learners to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence.

Course content

The content of this A Level in Computer Science is divided into three components:

Computer systems component (01) contains the majority of the content of the specification and is assessed in a written paper recalling knowledge and understanding.

Algorithms and programming component (02) relates principally to problem solving skills needed by learners to apply the knowledge and understanding encountered in Component O1.

Programming project component (03 or 04) is a practical portfolio based assessment with a task that is chosen by the teacher or learner and is produced in an appropriate programming language of the learner’s or teacher’s choice.

Entry requirements

GCSE computing grade 6 or above and a minimum grade 5 in GCSE mathematics and GCSE science.

Future opportunities

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 relevant to Further Education, Higher Education and the workplace. Each learner is able to tailor their project to fit their individual needs, choices and aspirations.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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