The A Level OCR Computer Science course is a highly popular subject. The extensive course is designed to develop the application of skills, knowledge and understanding, especially in programming, to solve problems within a contemporary setting. The specification is designed to allow students to demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental principles of the subject and develop a thorough understanding of the hardware and software aspects of computing. Students learn in a supportive setting in which they are encouraged to develop independent learning skills and practically experiment and experience programming rather than rely wholly on theory. The whole course centres on problem-solving and students are given the confidence to look for solutions to complex and challenging scenarios.
At AS level students are required to complete two 1hour 15minute exams covering “Computing Principles” and “Algorithms and Problem Solving”. Each exam is worth 50% of the total grade.
At A Level students are required to complete two 2hour 30minute exams covering “Computer Systems” and “Algorithms and Programming”. Both exams are worth 40% each of the overall A level and the final 20% consists of a programming project which the student will choose for themselves.
A Level Computer Science is essential for anyone thinking of following a career in ICT, Computer Science, Engineering or Design.