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Revision Resources For Teaching GCE A-Level OCR Computing

Tuesday 21st October 2014. UPDATED: Wednesday 22nd October 2014

If you are teaching, or indeed a student studying OCR A-Level Computing, then an investment in these books is completely worthwhile:

  • F451 - Computing Fundamentals Revision Guide
  • F452 - Programming Techniques and Logical Methods Revision Guide
  • F453 - Advanced Computing Theory Revision Guide

All of the above are by Alan Milosevic and Dorothy Williams. They have done a superb job, and I applaud them for authoring the publications.

One of my A2 students who used these books last year scored 96% in one of his papers. Those that didn't use these books did not do so well.

What is good about the books:

  • Organised and written concisely in relation to the course specification.
  • Full of key knowledge required to answer exam questions
  • Includes relevant examination questions linked to each topic - saving hours of having to go through past exam papers picking out questions.

The book doesn't contain pretty pictures - as there is no need.

You may think the books are expensive for what you get, though be under no illusion. You are paying for expertly crafted books that are practically guaranteed to improve exam results.

The course text book "OCR Computing for A Level" by lead author Chris Leadbetter is often criticised by students (in two establishments where I have worked) for not containing all of the relevant information or being presented in a way that encourages students to think and apply their learning. It is a real shame because Chris' other book (Cambridge International AS and A Level Computing Coursebook) is superb.

Chris' book is a sound introduction - particularly for those students without much knowledge of Computer Science. However, the use of additional materials is strongly recommended.

I am not getting paid for this post! I simply feel it is important to share my views for your benefit.