Computer Science

Exam Board: OCR

Course leader:  Mr Zaheer

Course name:   AS /A2 Computer Science

Contact: ZAM@moseley.bham.sch.uk

 

General Information

Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It’s an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, that can look at the natural world through a digital prism. It will help develop computational thinking, problem solving skills, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence.

 

Aims:

  • Focus on programming, building on our GCSE Computing and emphasise the importance of computational thinking as a discipline.
  • Have an expanded maths focus, much of which will be embedded within the course.
  • Put computational thinking at its core, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence.
  • Allow student to apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems in an exciting and engaging manner.
  • Give students a clear progression into higher education, as the course was designed after consultation with members of BCS, CAS and top universities.

 

Course Outline

AS Level

The AS qualification has two units, Computing Principles and Algorithms and Problem Solving. Both units are tested with a written exam worth 50% each.

 

Year 12  AS Level Assessment
Unit 1 – Computing Principles Exam
Unit 2  – Algorithms and Problem Solving Exam

 

A2 Level

The A2 qualification will allow students to build on previous knowledge and demonstrate their understanding of computer programming. The three units are Computer systems, Algorithms and programming and a Programming Project.

 

 Year 13 A2 Level Assessment
Unit 1 – Computer systems Exam
Unit 2 – Algorithms and programming Exam
Unit 3 – Programming project Project

 

Careers and Higher Education Opportunities

Students who successfully complete the qualification will be well equipped to move onto degrees, particularly in Software Engineering and Computing related fields.

Extra-curricular enrichment opportunities

Regular support sessions will be available at lunchtimes, after school and breaktimes throughout the course to help students with homework, projects and exam preparation.