Exam Board OCR

Why Should I Study This Course?

Students will need to have strong mathematical and problem solving skills in order to be successful on this course. You will be expected to independently research outside of class to enable to develop a deep understanding of Computing.

What Kind of Student is This Suitable For?

For those wishing to proceed to higher education, computing is useful for the study of subjects such as mathematics, computing (specialising in a particular area such as web development for example), software engineering, computer science, computer system engineering or artificial intelligence.

Course Breakdown

Programming
Students study the fundamentals of programming, data structures, algorithms and the theory of computation.

This unit tests a student’s ability to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of computer science from subject content.

Computing Fundamentals
Fundamentals of data representation, computer systems, computer organisation and architecture, consequences of the uses of computing, communication and networking, databases and big data.

This unit tests the student’s ability to answer questions from the above subject content.

How is the Course Examined?

The non-exam assessment tests student’s ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve a practical problem. Students will be expected to follow a systematic approach to solving a problem.

Assessment is 2 externally marked exam papers:-

Paper 1 On-screen exam: 2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of A level.

Paper 2 Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of A level.

Controlled Assessment 20% of A level.

Computer Science Teaching Staff

This course is delivered by:
Mr P Greenwood
Mrs H Grysuik
Mr D Smith