Computer Science

Exam Board: OCR

The OCR A-Level in Computer Science will encourage students to be inspired, motivated and challenged by following a broad, coherent, practical, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It will provide insight into, and experience of, how computer science works, stimulating learners’ curiosity and encouraging them to engage with computer science in their everyday lives and to make informed choices about further study or career choices. It builds upon the skills and knowledge developed on the GCSE Computing curriculum.

The key features of this course encourage less emphasis on ICT and more on:

•  Problem solving using computers

•  Computer programming and algorithms

•  The mathematical skills used to express computational laws and processes, e.g. Boolean   algebra/logic and comparison of the complexity of algorithms

OCR A-Level in Computer Science will value computational thinking, helping learners to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence. Students will develop an ability to analyse, critically evaluate and make decisions, which will be of future benefit in any chosen career in any subject area.

The aims of this qualification are to enable learners to develop:

•  An understanding of and ability to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer   science including; abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation

•  The ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving   such problems including writing programs to do so

•  The capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically

•  The capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science and   Mathematical skills

•  The ability to articulate the moral, social, ethical, legal and cultural opportunities and risks of   technology.

Subject Links

Computer Science works well with A-Levels in Mathematics and Science, but the links are endless with cross-curricular links to all other subjects to prepare you for the future involving technology in every field.  


Computer Systems – 2 Exam Papers – 2hr 30mins

Programming Project - Non-Exam


General Sixth Form admission requirements and we recommend students have a strong grasp of mathematics and have studied GCSE Computing.

Where can it lead?

Future pathways

Degree or diploma in a Computing related subject. Exciting possible careers include Engineering, Cyber-Security, Games Developer or tester, Ethical Hacking, Multimedia programmer, Systems Analysist, Website Designer, Robotics, Entrepreneurship, Health Information Tech Specialists, Teaching, Animator, Bio-informatics Software Engineer, Computer Forensics, Data Scientist, Mobile Application Developer, Network Manager and AI.