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An award winning sixth-form college in the heart of Central London offering a wide range of GCSE and A-Level courses

The quality of the curriculum, teaching and learners' achievements is excellent

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Albemarle Independent College, 18 Dunraven Street, Mayfair, London W1K 7FE
Albemarle Independent Private College in Central London


A Level Course Outline

What is A Level Computer Science?

Computer Science encompasses the theoretical aspects of how a computer is designed, used and applied to solve real world problems. It is an applied subject that provides the student with practical problem solving skills in a variety of programming language. It provides a strong foundation for students who wish to enter a career in Computer Science as Programmers, Data Analysts, Cyber Security Consultants, Wed Designers, Games Developers or Electronic Engineers. It is aimed at students who see themselves as developing their own computer software and hardware.

What Skills Will Students Develop When Studying Computer Science?

Computer Science students will develop the ability to:-

What Will Students Encounter in A-level Computer Science?

There is a substantial coursework element in Computer Science which requires students to create a complete piece of bespoke software to solve a real-life problem. The project is divided into five stages: Analysis, Design, Implementation, Testing and Evaluation. Students must be able to plan their time effectively throughout the course in order to meet the project deadlines. Consequently, the Computer Science course is only suited to students who can work consistently and independently, week by week.

The theoretical components include more advanced knowledge, understanding and application of data handling, file handling, computer architecture and number representation. A command of more sophisticated terminology is expected, along with more advanced programming techniques including recursion, object-oriented programming and more complex algorithms.

COMPUTER SCIENCE (OCR) A Level Specification

Component One 2 hour 30 minutes written exam
40% of A-level

Available in May / June

Computer Symptoms

  • The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
  • Software and software development
  • Exchanging data
  • Data types, data structures and algorithms
  • Legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues

Component Two 2 hour 30 minutes written exam
40% of A-level

Available in May / June

Algorithms and Programming

  • Elements of computational thinking
  • Problem solving and programming
  • Algorithms

Programming Project
20% of A-level

Available in May / June

Students will choose a computing problem to work through according to the guidance in the specification. Broadly speaking, the report will cover these broad areas:-

  • Analysis of the problem
  • Design of the solution
  • Developing the solution
  • Testing the solution
  • Evaluation

Structure of the Course

This course will be taught for 6 x 1-hour lessons per week. Homework will be set weekly and deadlines must be adhered to. Reading of textbooks is essential.

Core textbook
OCR AS and A-level Computer Science - PM Heathcote and RSU Heathcote
ISBN: 978-1-910523-05-6


Further Reading
Essential algorithms for A Level Computer Science
Hillyard, D and Sargent, C
ISBN: 978-1-7943594-2-0