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A’ Level Computer Science

In our modern world, it is no longer enough to learn how to use technology; it’s foundational to learn what goes into building technology. No matter what career a student wants to pursue, a background in computer science will be relevant.

It is an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, that can look at the natural world through a digital prism. A’ Level Computer Science will value computational thinking, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence.

The OCR A’ Levels key aims are 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
  • -mathematical skills
  • -the ability to articulate the individual (moral), social (ethical), legal and cultural opportunities and risks of digital technology.

A’ Level Computer Science 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.