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A Level Computing at Kirk Hallam Community Academy

Course description

The OCR A Level in Computer Science will encourage students 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. It builds upon the skills and
knowledge developed on the GCSE Computing curriculum.
The key features of this course encourage:
 emphasis on problem solving using computers
 emphasis on computer programming and algorithms
 emphasis on the mathematical skills used to express computational laws and processes, e.g. Boolean
algebra/logic and comparison of the complexity of algorithms
 less emphasis on ICT.
OCR A Level in Computer Science will value computational thinking, helping learners to develop the skills to solve
problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence. Students will develop
an ability to analyse, critically evaluate and make decisions.
The aims of this qualification are to enable learners to develop:
 an understanding of and ability to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science including;
abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation
 the ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems
including writing programs to do so
 the capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
 the capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science
 mathematical skills
 the ability to articulate the individual (moral), social (ethical), legal and cultural opportunities and risks of digital

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above. We recommend students to have completed the GCSE Computing qualification and have a secure grasp of Mathematics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kirk Hallam Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 26 November 2014

Key information

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