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A Level Computing at Bournemouth School

Course description

This course enables students to gain a general grounding in computing, including an understanding of
computer systems, the principles of programming, and the solving of problems. The project based
work is ideal for candidates wishing to pursue further education courses of a scientific nature.
- Year 2014 Examination Board: OCR Advanced Subsidiary Award H047
- Year 2015 Examination Board: OCR Advanced GCE Award H447
Unit title Description Mandatory/Optional?
Computer Fundamentals, Programming techniques and logical methods and Advanced Computing
Theory modules are all externally assessed through timetabled written examination.
The Computing Project is internally assessed and externally moderated by OCR. Further assessment
varies throughout the course depending upon whether you are working on coursework or theory
topics. Formative assessment is provided throughout the time you are undertaking practical work so
that you are fully aware of how you can improve your work. The Computing Project is internally
assessed and externally moderated coursework. At the end of each theory unit your understanding
and knowledge will be assessed through the use of past exam questions.
The A2 exam paper is 2 hours in length, with AS 1.5 hours.

Entry requirements

Our Sixth Form entry requirement is based on the applicant’s best 8 GCSEs including
English and Mathematics with a minimum of 356 points, with an A*, A or B in the
subjects chosen or in a related discipline. The points used are the Department for Education
(DfE) points - 58 A*, 52 A, 46 B, 40 C, 34 D, 28 E. (Maximum = 8 A* = 464 Points).
Essentially this means that you should be confident of achieving at least 6 B grades and 2
C grades at GCSE (and at least C grades in English Language and Mathematics) before
considering applying for a sixth form place at Bournemouth School.2
There are also some subject specific entry requirements in addition to the requirements for
joining the Sixth Form. In most cases, you will be expected to have attained at least a grade
B in the subject that you intend to study at Advanced Level (A-Level). The main exception to
this is for Mathematics and Further Mathematics. To study Mathematics at A-Level we
expect you to have attained an A* or A grade at GCSE, and for Further Mathematics an A*.
These requirements are based upon our experience over a number of years, and how well
Mathematics students cope with the transition between GCSE and A-Level. We recognise
that very few students will have had the opportunity to study Economics, Government and
Politics, or Psychology at GCSE level. To study these subjects at A-Level, we expect you to
have attained at least B grades in closely related subjects. Some subjects do not have any
subject specific requirements (but, you must, of course, have met the requirements of joining
the Sixth Form).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 August 2014
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Key information

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