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Computer Science - OCR A Level

Information and Communication Technology

Information and Communication Technology
Information and Communication Technology
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code COMPUa2
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Head of Department: Mr. N. Ford

 Up to date Intel Nuc Computers specifically for Computing & ICT students. Software and resources supporting a range of Computing Disciplines from Games Programming (Unity, GameMaker), AI and Drone Development, AR/VR App Development, Software and App Development (Visual Studio 2012) to software packages including Photoshop, Macromedia, Office.

Why study this course? 

Studying Computer Science will provide an opportunity to study a range of courses in the computing sector and overlapping into a vast range of industry sectors, ranging from Programming, Networks, Forensic Science, Data Handling, Websites, Graphics Design, CAD/CAM, Security and Communication.  

Aims of the course 

To produce programmers equipped with an understanding of: 

• fundamental computational concepts underlying most programming languages 

• a range of problem solving techniques using computers 

• the role of programming within the overall software development process 

• attitudes and working practices appropriate for a professional people going into industry 


Course outline 

Students undertake three units during the A Level Computer Science course, two theory units and a practical based unit. 

Component 1  

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

Component 2: 

Elements of computational thinking  

Programming and problem solving  

Pattern recognition, abstraction and decomposition  

Algorithm design and efficiency  

Standard algorithms. 

Component 3:

Individual project:  

Design and develop a solution to a problem of their own choosing. 

Students are open to create an app, software package or an executable program that will solve a real world problem.  

They will communicate with a real end user to ensure specific criteria is met. 

How am I assessed?

Written examination (Component 1) (40%) 

Written examination (Component 2) (40%) 

Individual Project (Component 3) (20%) 



How will it be delivered?

Entry requirements

Your next steps...

A wide range of professions within the Computing and IT sector including other sectors which have elements of Computing and IT. The course will provide opportunities for further study at university or apprenticeship level which will enable specialist pathways for future employment. 


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