Key Stage 5

Why study this course?

It’s a great way to develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills, which can be transferred to further learning and to everyday life. 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.

 

What will I study?

Year 1

Unit 1

  • The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
  • Software and software development
  • Programming
  • Exchanging data
  • Data types, data structures and algorithms
  • Legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues

Unit 2

  • Elements of computational thinking
  • Problem solving and programming
  • Algorithms

Year 2

Unit 1 – Worth 40%

  • 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

Unit 2 – Worth 40%

  • Elements of computational thinking
  • Problem solving and programming
  • Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms

Coursework – Non-exam assessment – Worth 20%

The learner 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

 

How will I be assessed?

There is no exam in the first year.

Two exams in the second year – 2 hours 30 mins long for each exam and each is worth 40%.

One piece of coursework – Non-exam assessment – Programming – Worth 20 % of the total mark.

 

Where can it lead?

Students who want to go on to higher study and employment in the field of Computer Science will find it provides a superb stepping stone, it will also provide a good grounding for other subject areas that require computational thinking and analytical skills.

Staff List

Mr N Lilleker

Head of Faculty

nlilleker@wickersley.net

Mr D Brown

Mr B Renavent

Exam Board

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Past Papers
Revision Sites

Computer Science – OCR A Level – Hodder Education

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