Reety
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Hello TSR Members,

I've taken 'Computer Science' as a fifth AS. And I would like to ask if the AS is generally a difficult and hard to comprehend. I've read examiner reports and so far It does not look so good.

I would like to ask if anyone has any prior knowledge to these specific exams and if they do if they can share their experiences and views upon it:

Unit F451 - Computer fundamentals
Unit F452 - Programming techniques and logical methods

If anyone has any revision resources/notes that I may have I would be extremely greatful.

Thank you,
Reety.

(This is the website which shows information upon the subject and exams

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications...ing-h047-h447/
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I did Computing up to A2.

It's not too difficult, if you can handle A-Level Maths, then it should be fine. All you need to have is a bit of logic and to be switched on.

The first few lessons in programming will be pretty daunting. It's like learning a foreign language (well it is a language) from scratch, it starts off impossible but gets much better as soon as you learn a few phrases here and there.
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I'm doing A2 computing now. It's pretty easy as long as your logic and maths skills are decent. If you got above A for GCSE maths you're sorted. You don't even need to be able to program to a high standard. Just basic functions. There are threads on TSR with great revision guides based on the mark schemes.


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I did Computing up to A2.

It's not too difficult, if you can handle A-Level Maths, then it should be fine. All you need to have is a bit of logic and to be switched on.

The first few lessons in programming will be pretty daunting. It's like learning a foreign language (well it is a language) from scratch, it starts off impossible but gets much better as soon as you learn a few phrases here and there.
Thank you for the reply, how long do you think it will take on average to learn the theory side of computing?
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Thank you for the reply, how long do you think it will take on average to learn the theory side of computing?
In the first year, these's a low-medium amount but in the second year there's a ton of stuff to cover.

Of course, there's the logic parts which take 5 minutes to learn but a while to master (two's complement, floating point) but then there's those bits which just drag on and on and on, with lots of definitions (structure of the internet, security).

Although, I would say that if you are the tech-type and know about IP addresses, phishing, etc then you will have a decent head start and you don't have to worry too much.
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