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Computer Science A Level

Computerisation is governing increasing parts of our daily lives. Our Computer Science A Level course is a practical subject in which you will apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It is an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, problem solving and programming, and it will encourage you to look at the natural world through a digital prism.

We use a variety of teaching methods throughout the course, including practical programming activities, presentations, field and university trips and, through scaffolded-tasks, you will develop a mastery of the subject.

You will begin the course by learning the fundamentals of Computer Science: the internal working of the central processing unit, data exchange, software development, data types and legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues associated with the subject. In the second year, you will study computational thinking, how computers and programs can be used to solve problems and produce algorithms in order to describe and solve problems.

There are two written examinations at the end of the course and you will complete a programming assignment in Year 13, where you will apply the principles of computational thinking to a practical coding programming task of your choice.

Examination board: OCR

Where could this course take you?

The skills of Computer Science A Level graduates are highly prized by a range of industries and sectors and students benefit from a high level (90%) of employment (Graduates in the Labour Market: 2017 ONS). This subject could also lead to careers in defence, engineering, technology, medicine, multimedia and IT.