AS/A Level Course Content

OCR A-level computer science

Weighting - Examination: 80% / Controlled Assessment: 20%

Topics covered:

  • The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
  • Software and software development
  • Exchanging data
  • Data types, data structures and algorithms
  • Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues
  • Elements of computational thinking
  • Problem solving and programming
  • Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms
  • Programming in OOP and C#

What are the new BTEC Nationals?

The BTEC Level 3 ICT Extended Certificate is a vocational qualification to prepare students equally for direct entry into employment or for progression to higher education. The qualification is a worth 1 A-Level.

How are the new BTEC Nationals assessed?

The 2 internal units are assessed and graded through assignments based on work-related situations or activities with opportunities for teamwork and in-depth study. Knowledge and understanding across the programme are reinforced by externally-set exams including a 10 hour practical database exam.

Does a BTEC have the same UCAS points as an A level?

Yes, BTEC Nationals have been included in the UCAS Tariff . The qualification carries the same number of points as an A level.

What units can I study?

  • Unit 1: Information Technology Systems
  • Unit 2: Database Development
  • Unit 3: Social Media in Business
  • Unit 5: Spreadsheet Modelling

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