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 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.