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Why study Computer Science?

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Computers touch nearly every aspect of our everyday lives. The most important aspect of Computer Science is being able to solve problems. This is an incredibly useful transferable skill. This course enables students to understand the core academic principles of Computer Science, developing their technical understanding as well as their analytical and problem solving abilities.

The non-examined assessment (programming project) gives the student an opportunity to build on programming skills that they have developed at KS3 & KS4 to solve a suitable practical problem of their own choosing. Giving them real experience of project managing a programming task.

Course content/Outline:

A-Level Contents

Paper 1: Programming exam

2 hours 30 minutes

40% of the A level

Non-exam assessment/Programming Project Students will solve or investigate a practical problem using a systematic approach 20% of the A level

Paper 2:  Subject content exam

2 hours 30 minutes

40% of the A level

What career opportunities are there?

Computer Science is valued by higher education establishments and employers. It will allow you to study Computer Science, Engineering, Physics or related subjects. There is an opportunity for following many STEM careers, where there are many shortages of qualified people. For example, Software System Developers, Business Intelligence Analysts, Computer Programmers, Cyber Security, Software Security, Data Analyst, Web Developer, Project Manager, Database Developer, Artificial Intelligence and Network Managers to name a few career options.

Syllabus: Computer Science (7517/H446)
Examination Board: OCR
More information: Mrs S Augla