Year 12 and 13
Course GCE A Level Computer Science
Exam Board/Syllabus OCR
Grade Equivalences A*-E

Course Entry Requirements

In Addition To The School Sixth Form Entry Requirements

GCSE Grade 5 in Computer Science
Assessment Route

Computer Systems (2hr 30m written paper 40%)

Algorithms and Programming (2hr 30m written paper 40%)

Programming Project (Non-exam assessment 20%)


Course Content:

  • 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
  • Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms
Students will choose a computing problem to work through according to the guidance in the specification:
  • Analysis of the problem
  • Design of the solution
  • Developing the solution
  • Evaluation

Assessment and Learning Strategies:

The ‘Computer Systems’ component contains the majority of the content of the specification and is assessed in a written paper recalling knowledge and understanding.

The ‘Algorithms and Programming’ component related principally to problem solving skills needed by learners to apply the knowledge and understanding in component 1.

The ‘Programming Project’ component is a practical portfolio based assessment with a task that is chosen by the teacher or learner and is produced in an appropriate programming language of the learner’s or teacher’s choice.

Mathematical skills are embedded throughout the content of the three components. They will be assessed in the written papers and through the non-examined assessment where appropriate.


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