Poetry and Rhetoric
Computer Science fits well with most subject combinations and it will undoubtedly be for some use in most, if not all, potential careers. We can’t predict the future but we can be sure that computers will continue to change how we live, work, play and study far into the present century and beyond.
The specification followed at A-Level is the OCR Computer Science. Link to OCR website.
AS / A2 Course
OCR Computer Science consists of three components.
Component 1: Computer Systems – This includes The characteristics of contemporary processors, Input, Output and storage devices, Software and software development, Exchanging data, Data types, Data structures, Algorithms, Legal, Moral, Cultural and Ethical issues. This is assessed through a 2 hour and 30 minute written paper and is worth 40% of the total A-Level.
Component 2: Algorithms and Programming – This includes Elements of computational thinking, Problem solving and programming, Algorithms to solve problems and Standard Algorithms. This is assessed through a 2 hour and 30 minute written paper and is worth 40% of the total A-Level.
Component 3: Programming Project – The student is able to choose a computing problem to work through according to the guidance in the specification. This includes Analysis of the problem, Design of the solution, Developing the solution and Evaluation. This project is worth 20% of the total A-Level.