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Computer Science OCR A Level (Linear) at Poynton High School

Course description

This is a course that would interest any student who might be interested in a career as an IT professional e.g. software/application developer or telecommunications. Students do not need to have studied this subject previously; however a student with GCSE Computer Science would find that they are further developing their programming skills in an environment that encourages creative thinking and logical problem solving. The specification is designed for students who wish to go on to higher education or employment where knowledge of computing would be beneficial.

Course content

Learning Method:
During Year 12 many lessons are dedicated to programming. We begin with very basic programs a few lines long and build up from there. Students are given resources in the form of electronic files and programming tasks that they will be required to work on outside of the lessons. It would therefore be advantageous for the student to have Internet access at home and a suitable PC or laptop. Students study a wide range of programming languages and focus on Python for the examinations.
Later in the year as the examinations approach there are a greater number of theory lessons. Progress is gauged through programming assignments and many short tests. There are no essay type assignments but there is coursework including a ‘write up’ during Year 13. This qualification will provide key business and personal skills, in addition to advanced software capability and theoretical understanding of computer programming.

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including a Grade B in Mathematics.


Unit 1 – Computer Principles assessed by examination (50% of AS)
Topics covered such as: the components of computers, different types of software, networks, web technology and an introduction to programming.
Unit 2- Algorithms and Programming assessed by examination (50% of AS)
Topics covered such as: computational thinking and software development.
A Level
Unit 1 – Computer Systems assessed by examination (40% of A Level)
Unit 2 - Algorithms and Programming assessed by examination (40% of A Level)
Unit 3 - Programming Project (20% of A Level), a coursework programming project of the students own choice

Future opportunities

Universities offer Computer Science degrees that would allow a student to further their studies in this subject, however, previous students have also progressed to degrees in Medicine, Law, Politics and many types of Science.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 September 2016

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