Computer Science at Post 16

Key Stage 5

OCR A-Level Computer Science

Advancing on the knowledge taught at GCSE, A-Level Computer Science takes the development of computers and computer system to the next level preparing pupils for life after education.

The course is 3 units, 2 40% written exams of 2hours 30minutes each and a 20% coursework project.

Unit 1: Computer Systems

Looking at the theory of how computers work, how they are made, how they shape the world. Theory Topics include: The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices , Software and software development, Exchanging data, Data types, data structures and algorithms and legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues.

Unit 2: Algorithms and Programming
Looking at the theory of how we use computers to solve real world problems. Theory topics include: Elements of computational thinking, Problem solving, Programming, Algorithms to solve problems and Standard algorithms.

Unit 3: Project
Pupils will choose a problem to solve by computational means, looking at: Analysis of the problem, Design of the solution, Developing the solution and Evaluation.

Cambridge Technicals ICT

This course is suitable for pupils who wish to learn more about how we use computers and how they shape all aspects of our world.
There are 5 units 2 examined in year 12 and 3 project based completed in year 13.

Unit 1: Fundamentals of IT
A solid foundation in the fundamentals of hardware, networks, software, the ethical use of computers and how businesses use IT.

Unit 2: Global Information
Teaches pupils to demonstrate the uses of information in the public domain, globally, in the cloud and across the Internet, by individuals and organisations. Your students will discover that good management of both data and information is essential and that it can give any organisation a competitive edge.

Projects:

  • Application Design
  • Product Development
  • Website Development
  • All projects cover the research, planning, designing and creation of the product.