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Computer Science A Level at Caroline Chisholm School

Course description

Computer Science is a practical subject where you can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems. It is an intensely creative subject that combines innovation and excitement, that can look at the natural world through a digital prism. OCR’s Computer Science qualification will value computational
thinking, helping you to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence.
 
AS
The key features of this specification encourage skills and knowledge of problem solving using computers, on computer programming and algorithms and emphasis on the mathematical skills used to express computational laws and processes, e.g. Boolean algebra/logic and algorithm comparison There is less emphasis on the use of software (ICT).
 
A Level
The aims of this qualification are to enable you to develop an understanding of, and the ability to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science including; abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation. You will develop your ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems including writing programs.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language or Literature: Grade 5 is required
GCSE Mathematics: Grade 6 is required
 
Where students have previously studied Computing at GCSE Level, they should have attained Grade B. Students who have not studied Computing previously will need to complete a pre‐course assessment booklet prior to commencing the course.

 

Future opportunities

The qualification is suitable for those intending to pursue any career in which an understanding of technology is needed. The qualification is also useful for any further study as part of a course of general education. Computer Science will provide learners with a range of transferable skills, which will facilitate personal development and progression in life after school. This is a very creative subject and skills such as problem solving and analytical thinking will all be refined and explored as students progress through the learning and assessment programme.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 February 2017
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