GCE OCR AS and A Level Computer Science

AS and Full A Level Options

There are two possible awards:

  • AS Level – One year course (exams and awards at the end of Year 12) – OCR Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Computer Science (H046)
  • Full A Level – Two-year course (exams and awards at the end of Year 13) – OCR Level 3 Advanced GCE in Computer Science (H446).  The details of this course are in the Year 13 section of the website.

Course Structure

Year 12

All students (no matter if they are planning to do just the AS or the full A level) will study Units 1 and 2.

Computing Principles (Unit 1)
Algorithms and Problem Solving (Unit 2)

To achieve an AS level students will sit a 1hr 15min examination in each of the two units, each worth 50% of the final AS grade.  Full A level students will all sit the AS examinations.

Revision Guide

Click here to access the ZigZag Course Companion for AS and Full A level Computing (Belper School staff/student login required – no access to external centres).

We have also bought the ZigZag topics tests for Units 1 and Units 2.  (Belper School staff/student login required – no access to external centres).  For the answers, ask your teacher…!

Past Papers and Past Paper Style Questions

AS Unit 1 (H046) – OCR Sample Paper 1 (includes answers)
AS Unit 2 (H046) – OCR Sample Paper 1 (includes answers)

AS Unit 1 (H046) – OCR June 2016 past paper and answers (Belper School students and staff only)
AS Unit 2 (H046) – OCR June 2016 past paper and answers (Belper School students and staff only)

Specification

It is essential to read through the specification for the AS level (click here) before and during the course to see what you may be asked about.

UCAS Points

AS (Year 12 ONLY) – 2018 Entry

(Caution!  Most universities will not count BOTH your AS and full A level results – they will normally only count your AS results if you only do AS and not the full A level)

A = 20 points, B = 16 points, C = 12 points, D = 10 points, E = 6 points

Unit 1 (Year 12) – Computing Principles

Unit Overview This unit covers the characteristics of contemporary systems architecture and other areas including the following: Operating systems Introduction to programming Data types, structures and algorithms Exchanging data and web technologies Using Boolean algebra Legal and ethical issues This unit is studied in Year 12.  If you are studying for the full A level […]

Unit 2 (Year 12) – Algorithms and Problem Solving

Unit Overview This unit covers designing algorithmic solutions to various problems.  This unit will also cover programming in all forms.  Areas covered include: Elements of computational thinking Programming techniques Software development methodologies Algorithms Standard algorithms This unit is studied in Year 12.  If you are studying for the AS level only then there will be […]