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Computer Science A Level at Copthall 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.

The OCR A Level in Computer Science will encourage learners to be inspired, motivated and challenged by following a broad, coherent, practical, satisfying and worthwhile course of study.

It will provide insight into, and experience of how computer science works, stimulating learners’ curiosity and encouraging them to engage with computer science in their everyday lives and to make informed choices about further study or career choices.

Course content

Component 01: Computer systems

Students will learn the fundamentals of Computer Science. The resulting knowledge and understanding will underpin their work in component 03.

Component 1 covers:
  • the characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
  • types of software and the different methodologies used to develop software
  • data exchange between different systems
  • data types, data structures and algorithms legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues
Component 02: Algorithms & programming

This builds on component 01 to include computational thinking and problem-solving.

Component 2 covers:
  • what is meant by computational thinking (thinking abstractly, thinking ahead, thinking procedurally etc.)
  • problem solving and programming – how computers and programs can be used to solve problems
  • algorithms and how they can be used to describe and solve problem

Component 03:
  • Programming project
  • Students are expected to apply the principles of computational thinking to a practical coding programming project.
  • They will analyse, design, develop, test, evaluate and document a program written in a suitable programming language.
  • The project is designed to be independently chosen by the student and provides them with the flexibility to investigate projects within the diverse field of computer science.
  • We support a wide and diverse range of languages.

Entry requirements

GCSE Mathematics grade 6

Future opportunities

Students can progress from this qualification to degrees in the following subject areas:

  • Computer science
  • Information systems
  • Multimedia Technology
  • Software engineering
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Health informatics

Career opportunities:

  • Games developer
  • Information systems manager
  • IT consultant
  • Multimedia programmer
  • Systems analyst
  • Software developer
  • Systems developer
  • Web designer
  • Web developer
  • Secondary or Higher Education Teacher

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 February 2018
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Key information

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