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Computer Science

Minimum Entry Criteria

Desired: 7 in Computer Science and 6 in Maths

Essential: 6 in Computer Science and 6 in Maths


OCR (H446)

Outline of the Course

The OCR A Level in Computer Science will encourage learners 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. The key features of this specification encourage:

  • emphasis on problem solving using computers
  • emphasis on computer programming and algorithms
  • emphasis on the mathematical skills used to express computational laws and processes, eg Boolean algebra/logic and comparison of the complexity of algorithms with less emphasis on ICT
  • producing a slimmed down programming project which is more refined and more focused on coding
  • choosing the project title and problem to be solved in any suitable programming language
  • including agile methods


Type of Assessment
Component 01 – Computer systems
2 hours 30 minutes
Component 02 – Algorithms and programming
2 hours 30 minutes
Programming project 03 – non-exam assessment assesses students ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve or investigate a practical problem
Year 12 and 13