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A Level

GCE A Level Computer Science OCR

Designed after consultation with members of the British Computer Society and a number of top universities, OCR’s AS and A Level Computer Science qualifications inspire and challenge students to apply the knowledge they gain with the creative and technical skills they acquire.

Assessment:

Unit 1: Computer Systems (40%). This unit is assessed via written examination. Topics include: 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: Algorithms and Programming (40%). This unit is assessed via written examination. Topics include: elements of computational thinking; programming and problem solving; pattern recognition, abstraction and decomposition; algorithm design and efficiency.

Unit 3 – Programming Project (20%).

Topics Covered per Half Term 

Terms

Year 12

Year 13

Autumn 1

 

Programming

Structure & function of the Processor

Types of Processor

 

Project

Structure and function of the processor.

Input, output and storage

Operating systems

Application Generation

Software Development

Types of programming language

Compression, encryption and hashing

Databases

 

Autumn 2

 

Programming

Input, output and storage

Data Types

Boolean Algebra

Operating Systems

Projects

Networks

Web technologies

Data types

 

Spring 1

 

Programming

Legislation

Application Generation

Software Development

Compression, encryption, hashing

Databases

Networks

Project

Data structures

Boolean Algebra

Computer related legislation

Ethical, moral and cultural issues

 

Spring 2

 

Programming

Ethical, moral and cultural issues

Data Structures

Types of programming language

Project

Computational thinking

Programming techniques

Computational methods

 

Summer 1

 

Programming

Programming techniques

Thinking abstractly

Thinking procedurally

Thinking logically

Algorithms

Algorithms

Revision

 

Summer 2

Exams

Exams