Computer Science

Examination Board OCR Course Code: H446B 

Entry Requirements: Grade 6 in Maths (you need not have studied Computer Science at GCSE)

Why study Computer Science?

Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. This course, with its emphasis on abstract thinking, general problem solving, algorithmic and mathematical reasoning and engineering-based thinking, is a good foundation for understanding future challenges in this fast-moving technological world. Computer Science is an exciting course that gives you a strong understanding of how computers work and how to write your own programs.

What will I study?

Component 1: Computer Systems - This component will introduce learners to the internal workings of the Central Processing Unit (CPU), exchanging of data, software development, data types and structures, algorithms and legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues.

Component 2: Algorithms & Programming – This component will incorporate and build on the knowledge and understanding of your previous programming skills from GCSE and your ability to think both logically and mathematically.

How will I study?

Lessons will be a mixture of both theory and programming. Students will be expected to solve problems independently and develop programs/simulations via their own research and existing knowledge. You will be set five hours of independent study to complete each week, which will entail programming-based challenges, answering exam questions and pre-reading of topics.

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