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    My teacher says there's a really big gap; apparently A level Computer Science is much more harder than GCSE computing as there's more content.
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    I don't think there's any coursework, and also the content are a bit similar just as level probably more in depth it also said you need java script knowledge
    (this is for ocr so may not be useful at all)


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    Currently doing OCR A level computing (new spec) and have done the GCSE. In terms of theory, practically everything carries over and it is built upon. There's some new stuff but in general the theory is pretty damn easy, compared to the GCSE I would say the only difficult thing is that your project is completely your choice so no guidelines are given otherwise it's an easy A level
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    There's some new stuff but in general the theory is pretty damn easy, compared to the GCSE I would say the only difficult thing is that your project is completely your choice so no guidelines are given otherwise it's an easy A level
    For the project, you can do whatever you want in any language and on anything?
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    (Original post by s4b3rt00th)
    For the project, you can do whatever you want in any language and on anything?
    In theory yes, the project has to be sufficiently complex (using relational databases for e.g. ) and hopefully your team can mark it. This is an issue with languages as your teacher has to know the language to mark as well as help you out, however, if you are proficient in a language of your choosing then there's no reason you can't use it
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    The new A level is quite difficult compared to the GCSE that's just finished. The new GCSE matches up much better so next year's students will have a better understanding of the content before starting AS.

    Everything is going much more mathematical and technical. It's fun - my students learn three languages over the two years including one functional language (Haskell for my pupils). There is a project but it's smaller with a lot less evidence based paperwork and more focus on your actual programming skills.
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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    The new A level is quite difficult compared to the GCSE that's just finished. The new GCSE matches up much better so next year's students will have a better understanding of the content before starting AS.

    Everything is going much more mathematical and technical. It's fun - my students learn three languages over the two years including one functional language (Haskell for my pupils). There is a project but it's smaller with a lot less evidence based paperwork and more focus on your actual programming skills.
    I'm assuming this isn't OCR. OCR only has the most basic maths unfortunately :/
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    (Original post by 0xFFFFail)
    I'm assuming this isn't OCR. OCR only has the most basic maths unfortunately :/
    Well there's a lot of crossover but yeah, AQA is currently considered the most difficult but it's also the more well defined specwise.

    New A levels are still more fun than the previous version.

    And all are more fun than the nightmare that was the old GCSE.
 
 
 
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