If you are interested in the technologies that shape the modern world and drive the pace of change, then Computer Science is the subject for you. Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It’s also an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, and is a gateway to the industries of the future.
All students studying for A Level would be expected to have five GCSEs at grade C or above (grade 5 or above) in academic subjects, including GCSE English Language, of which two must be B grades (grade 6). Students wishing to study Computer Science would also be expected to have GCSE Computer Science or ICT at C (grade 5) or above, and GCSE Maths at B (grade 6) or above.
The aims of this qualification are to enable learners to develop:
• an understanding and ability to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation
• the ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so
• the capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
• the capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science
• mathematical skills.
AS Computer Science consists of two examined units; both examinations are of 1 hour and 15 minutes duration. The A Level in Computer Science also consists of two examined units externally assessed by OCR, and one internally assessed unit. Both examinations are of 2 hours and 30 minutes duration.
Students taking Computer Science often go on to study it at university, or they take another science or mathematical subject and use their knowledge of computing to enhance and develop their studies. Computer Science is also essential to a wide variety of careers, from app developer to algorithm programmer.
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