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Computer Science A Level OCR at Co-op Academy Priesthorpe

Course description

This will give pupils an

understanding and ability to

apply the fundamental principles

and concepts of computer

science, including: abstraction,

decomposition, logic, algorithms

and data representation. Pupils

will also gain the ability to analyse

problems in computational terms

through practical experience of

solving problems this will include

writing programs using high level

programming languages.

Pupils will learn a capacity to think

creatively, innovatively, analytically,

logically and critically to see

relationships between different

aspects of computer science as well

as further Mathematical skills.


Course content

The course content covers the

characteristics of contemporary

processors, input, output and

storage devices; Software and

software development; exchanging

data; data types, data structures

and algorithms; Legal, moral,

cultural and ethical issues; elements

of computational thinking; problem

solving and programming and

algorithms to solve problems and

standard algorithms.

Students will also complete a

Programming Project, where

students select their own

user-driven problem of an

appropriate complexity and solve it

by computational methods.

Students will need to analyse

the problem, design a solution,

implement the solution and give

a thorough evaluation.

Entry requirements

Entrants to the course must have achieved at least 5x 9-4 at GCSE including 5 in Computer Science or Maths. 



Financial information


Future opportunities

This qualification is suitable for

students intending to pursue any

career within the Digital Design

Industry or further computational

study. It will provide students

with a range of transferable

skills with links in areas such as

Maths, Science and Design and

Technology. Computer science

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.


Further information

For further information on this

course, speak with a member of

the Computer Science Department

at school, or check the A Level

specification on the OCR website.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September