Rickmansworth School Sixth Form Prospectus

Examining Body - OCR LINEAR

COMPUTER SCIENCE

REQUIREMENTS - GCSE LEVEL Grade 6 in Maths or Grade 6 in Computer Science

ADDITIONAL COSTS You will need access to a PC running the Microsoft Windows operating system

COURSE DESCRIPTION

ASSESSMENT A LEVEL - comprised of five components: COMPONENT 1 Computing Principles

Do you get a ‘buzz’ from solving puzzles and problems? Computer Science is a natural science, developing computational thinking which is used to solve a large variety of interesting problems. It is also considered an important life skill underpinning many careers. During the course, students learn computer programming using Python - a valuable, useful and interesting skill. They then apply this skill by writing programs of their own to solve problems. The course also deals with computer hardware, software, software engineering, databases, networking and the Internet – and how these can solve problems. The A Level is excellent preparation for a Computer Science related degree (Computer Science, Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence). It gives students an enormous advantage overthemajorityofotherstudentsonsuchacoursewhohave not had the opportunity to study Computer Science A Level. Students can study Computer Science and use it to go on to a career in Medicine, Law, Business, Politics or any type of Science. Direct entry into the computing industry is also made easier with a Computer Science A Level. PROGRESSION

2.5 hr exam 40% of A Level mark 140 marks

COMPONENT 2 Algarithms & Problem Solving COMPONENT 3 Practical Project

2.5 hr exam 40% of A Level mark

140 marks

2.5 hr exam 20% of A Level mark 70 marks

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