Awarding Body - OCR
An A-Level in Computer Science is useful for all kinds of careers, whether it be a career in computing such as software development, programming, network engineering, web design, cyber security or ethical hacking, or a career in business, science, technology, engineering or mathematics. In fact, the skills you will develop on a computer science course are valued by many employers and can be transferred to lots of careers.
Computer Science is an exciting, creative subject in which you will practically apply academic principles learned in the classroom to solve real-world problems. This course is an excellent choice for you if you enjoy imagining, designing and creating new and innovative solutions that can be shared and that might one day become part new technologies that haven’t yet been dreamed of.
The course covers the following topics, amongst others:
Computer programming, computational thinking and problem solving, pattern recognition, abstraction and decomposition, algorithms, data types and structures, characteristics of computers and software, software design and legal, ethical, cultural and moral issues in computing.
Putting theory into practice is at the heart of this A-Level and much of your work will involve practical, hands-on development of computer programs. You will take the AS exams at the end of year one and the A level exams at the end of year two.