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A Level Computer Science 

Exam Board:

OCR

About 

This course has been developed to enable learners’ to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of Information and Communication Technology functions, environments and operations. The learners carry out a range of tasks to help them understand the roles that different parts of a computer system do and how develop their understanding of the “C” programming language

Assessment

Assessment is by means of completing three units of external examinations.  There is one externally moderated coursework unit at “A level” and all units of work must be completed to attain the qualification.  The units are graded at E to A* and a ‘best-fit’ strategy is applied to decide on the overall grade for the qualification based on those four unit awards.

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry requirements for this course are the following:

GCSE Maths- Grade B

GCSE English- Grade C

ICT- Merit grade

Plus two further GCSE qualifications Grade C or above.

AS Teaching Units, Assessment Method and Weighting 

AS Unit and Content

Assessment Method

Weighting

Computer Systems 01

Exam

40%

Algorithms and Programming 02

Exam

40%

Programming Project

Coursework

20%

Complementary Subjects to study at AS 

English Language

Mathematics

Science

Student Views

“It is a demanding course, but you learn all about how computers work”

“It ranges from technical knowledge to new programming languages – this course can be applied to many areas of aspiration”

“You can work at your own pace, and I find the course enjoyable and challenging at the same time”

Career Pathways

By studying Computing at AS you are opening a diverse range of career and further education opportunities these include:

Software Design
Computing
ICT Teaching
Website Design
Digital Media
Database Management
 

Further Information 

To get further information on the Computing A level please speak to Mr Roberts (KS5 Coordinator of IT and Computing) or email on j.roberts@greatbarr.bham.sch.uk


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