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Post 16 Prospectus: GCE COMPUTER SCIENCE
Advanced Subsidiary (AS) & Advanced Level (A2)
Examining Board: OCR
This full A level course is designed to encourage students to develop their knowledge and understanding of
hardware and communications, software, applications and effects, and information; as well as skills in analysis,
design, implementation and evaluation.
What will I learn?
An understanding of, and the 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 for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.
 The capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science.
 Mathematical skills related to:
 Boolean algebra
 comparison and complexity of algorithms
 number representations and bases.
The ability to articulate the individual (moral), social (ethical), legal and cultural opportunities and risks of
digital technology.
What will I study?
The A Level qualification has three assessed units. There are two externally assessed units and one
internal assessment.
A Level Units
Computer Systems
Algorithms and Programming
Programming Project
Written exam
Written exam
What are the entry requirements?
Minimum of five GCSE grade Cs to include B Grade GCSE Computer Science and/or Maths.