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Computer Science AS/A2 at Desborough College

Course description

OCR Computer Science is relevant to the modern and changing world of computing. This new course will:

  • Focus on programming and emphasise the importance of computational thinking as a discipline.
  • Have an expanded maths focus, much of which will be embedded within the course.
  • Put computational thinking at its core, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence.
  • Allow student to apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems in an exciting and engaging manner.

Course Content

AS

01 COMPUTING PRINCIPLES

This component will be a traditionally marked and structured question paper with a mix of question types: short-answer, longer-answer, and levels of response mark-scheme-type questions. It will cover the characteristics of contemporary systems architecture and other areas including the following: The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices Software and software development Programming Exchanging data Data types, data structures and algorithms Legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues.

02 ALGORITHMS AND PROBLEM SOLVING

This component will be a traditionally marked and structured question paper and will include a mix of question types: short-answer, longer-answer, and levels of response mark-scheme-type questions. There’ll be a short scenario/task contained in the paper, which could be an algorithm or a text page-based task, which will involve problem solving. Other areas covered include the following: Elements of computational thinking Problem solving and programming Algorithms.

A Level

01 COMPUTER SYSTEMS This component will be a traditionally marked and structured question paper with a mix of question types: short-answer, longer-answer, and levels of response mark-scheme-type questions. It will cover the characteristics of contemporary systems architecture and other areas including the following: 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.

 02 ALGORITHMS ANDPROGRAMMING

This component will be a traditionally marked and structured question paper with two sections, both of which will include a mix of question types: short-answer, longer-answer, and levels of response mark-scheme-type questions.

SECTION A. Traditional questions concerning computational thinking: Elements of computational thinking Programming and problem solving Pattern recognition, abstraction and decomposition Algorithm design and efficiency Standard algorithms.

SECTION B. There’ll be a scenario/task contained in the paper, which could be an algorithm or a text page based task, which will involve problem solving.

03 PROGRAMMING PROJECT

External postal moderation or repository. Students and/or centres select their own user-driven problem of an appropriate size and complexity to solve. This will enable them to demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the Assessment Objectives. Students will need to analyse the problem, design a solution, implement the solution and give a thorough evaluation.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C and at least a B in English, Maths and ICT.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Desborough College directly.

Last updated date: 25 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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