Computer Science

Delivered in partnership with Tuxford Academy

Exam Board – OCR

Qualification – A Level H446

Entry requirements – 5 x GCSEs at A*-C or grades 9-4, including a grade 5 in English, grade 6 (or higher) in Maths and a B in Computing. Students who have not taken GCSE Computing will be considered for the course if they can demonstrate that they are competent programmers

Course specification

Computing requires and develops logical thinking, especially when analysing, designing and implementing the practical coursework projects.

It is a rapidly developing area which influences all aspects of life. The increasing use of computers in design, particularly for the internet and ecommerce, has created a whole new area where the knowledge gained from this course can be applied.

Syllabus content:

  • drawing and interpreting simple state transition
  • diagrams and transition tables
  • programming in a high level programming language
  • the binary number system
  • the stages of development of a hardware/software system
  • logic gates and Boolean algebra
  • the internal components of a computer and hardware devices
  • the fundamentals of computer systems
  • the structure of the internet, networking protocols and the consequences of uses of computing
  • problem solving and algorithmic complexity
  • algorithms and data structures for problem solving
  • programming paradigms and object oriented programming techniques
  • the role of an operating system and database design
  • analysis, design, construction, testing, training and maintenance of a programmed solution

Students are examined by:

  • examinations
  • coursework
Retford Oaks Academy