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GCSE/A level option extra info

Extra information when considering GCSE/A level choices

GCSE

We offer GCSE Computer Science, following the OCR J277 qualification.

This covers a range of topics including:

  • CPU hardware
  • Memory and storage
  • Networks
  • System security
  • Common algorithms
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns
  • High-level programming techniques (taught through the Python language)

Assessment is through two 90 minute exams.

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Studying GCE Computer Science has many benefits. It is one of the most interesting and dynamic subjects. It's not just problem solving and challenges, but also learning about the architecture behind computers and the way we get them to function. Additionally, skills you learn in this course can be used in a wide range of professions beyond school.

—Y10 student 2020-21

A level

We offer Computer Science at A-Level, following the OCR Computer Science A-Level Specification (H446). The course focuses on honing students computational thinking skills and giving them an in depth understanding of how different technologies work. It covers topics such as:

  • High-level programming (including object-oriented)
  • Low-level programming (using Little Man Computer)
  • How the CPU works
  • Website technologies (HTML, CSS and JavaScript)
  • Algorithms (sorting data, searching data and finding the shortest route)

During the course students will be required to code a system for real users. They demonstrate this through a project (20% of the A level), which can be written in any appropriate high-level language. The majority of the assessment is based on two 150 minute exams covering computing theory and computational thinking.

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