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"Everybody should learn how to program a computer... because it teaches you how to think."

Steve Jobs

Specification: OCR

GCE A Level in Computer Science

Computer Science requires students to have good mathematical and problem-solving skills and will develop their computational thinking, including:

  • Thinking recursively
  • Thinking procedurally
  • Thinking logically
  • Thinking concurrently
  • Thinking abstractly

Unit 1: Computing Principles

  • Characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
  • Software and software development
  • Data types, data structures and algorithms
  • Exchanging data
  • Legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues

Unit 2: Algorithms and Programming

  • Elements of computational thinking
  • Problem solving and programming
  • Algorithms

Programming Project (Coursework)

Carried out and completed in Year 13, we work with students to select their own user-driven problem of an appropriate size and complexity to solve.


Both exams are 2 hours long and are worth 40% of the final grade. The coursework is worth 20% of the final grade.

6th Form Teaching Staff

  • Miss Harriet Page
  • Mrs Cynthia Nolan

For further details, please contact Miss Page.

All plans for sixth form programmes of study at Bishop Stopford School are provisional, dependent on student numbers and government policy.