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Computer Science at Fort Pitt Grammar School

Course description

Why should I study Computer Science?

Computer Science is a practical subject where you can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems. It is an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, that can look at the natural world through a digital prism. OCR’s Computer Science will value computational thinking, helping you to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence.

What will the course involve?

The aims of this course is to enable you 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 technology. Assessment is through external examination and internal assessment. It is possible to take an AS in Computer Science. This is 40% of a complete A-Level.

How might this course complement others?

ICT goes extremely well with Maths, Science, Sociology, Psychology and many others. How will this subject be useful in the future? A Level Computer Science provides a strong base for progression to university, apprenticeships or employment

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: 05 December 2016
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  • Start date: Next September