Tuesday, 28 March, 2017


Computing is valuable for almost every job and profession. The study of computer applications is an insight into the functioning of commerce and industry, and the techniques of problem solving. There is a wide range of careers for people with some knowledge and expertise in computing as accountants, statisticians, mathematicians, actuaries, as well as economists. There are opportunities in ATC, Civil Service, Health Service and in engineering, publishing and many  other technical careers.

At GCSE, pupils get a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. You will no doubt be familiar with the use of computers and other related technology.  However, this course will give you an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming, which many students find absorbing.

The Computing A Level is for those individuals that have the capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically

OCR Computing

The syllabus looks at all aspects of computer technology and provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in Computer Science

Throughout this GCSE programme you will:

• Develop your understanding of new and emerging technologies and how they work
• Look at the use of algorithms in a computer program
• Develop computer programs to solve problems
• Evaluate the effectiveness of computer programs/solutions and the impact of computer technology on society

 A451 Computer Systems and Programming

• Written examination in June of Year 11
• 1 hour 30 minutes
• 80 marks
• 40% of the qualification
• Candidates answer all questions

Question paper that includes a mixture of short and long answer questions, some of which will require you to write program code.

A452 Practical Investigation

• Controlled assessment
• An investigative task
• Approx 20 hours
• 45 marks
• 30% of the qualification

You will carry out a practical investigation of a topic chosen from a set of options supplied by OCR.

A453 Programming Project

• Controlled assessment
• Approx 20 hours
• 45 marks
• 30% of the qualification

You will create solutions to computing tasks from a set of options supplied by OCR.


Students consider the fundamentals of Computing together with programming techniques and logical methods. Topics include: hardware and software, the structure, management and transmission of data, systems development, procedural programming and designing, testing and running solutions to problems.


In their second year the students will learn knowledge and understanding of the theory by choosing, in conjunction with their teacher, a well-defined user-driven problem of an appropriate size which enables them to demonstrate their skills in Analysis, Design, more advanced computing theory to include: functions of operating systems and translators, computer architecture, advanced data structure and manipulation, features of high and low level programming languages and advanced database theory. They will then develop their Software Development, Testing, Implementation, Documentation and Evaluation, and their interrelation; and to give a completed overall system that solves the problem.


The AS is made up of two mandatory units, which are externally assessed and form 50% of the corresponding four-unit A2. The A2 course consists of 2 units: one is externally assessed and one is internally assessed through a major project.

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