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Computer Science IGCSE

Computer Science IGCSE

Course Length

One or two years.

The course

In the space of little over fifty years, computers have become an integral part of the modern world. Computer Science enables students to develop an interest in computing and to gain confidence in computational thinking and programming. They develop their understanding of the main principles of problem-solving using computers. Students apply their understanding to develop computer based solutions to problems using algorithms and a high-level programming language (Python).

They also develop a range of technical skills, as well as the ability to test effectively and to evaluate computing solutions. This qualification will help students appreciate current and emerging computing technologies and the benefits of their use. They learn to recognise the ethical issues and potential risks when using computers. Understanding the principles of Computer Science provides students with the underpinning knowledge required for many other subjects in science and engineering, and the skills learnt can also be used in everyday life.

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What skills will I need?

You should have an interest in computers and programming. You should have good maths skills (no calculators are permitted in the exams) and a logical mind.

How is the course assessed?

There are two exam papers, each worth 50% of the exam.

Paper 1, Principles of Computer Science is written examination which lasts 1 hour 30 minutes and consists of five compulsory questions, each onefocused on one of the topic areas. The questions consist of multiple-choice, short-, mediumand extended-open-response, tabular and diagrammatic items.

Paper 2, Application of Computational Thinking is a practical onscreen examination lasting 2 hours. Students answer six compulsory questions onscreen using Python 3. This paper is practical in nature and requires students to design, write, test and refine programs in order to solve problems.

Reading

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Computer Science Revision Guide
By Ann Weidmann, Cynthia Selby
Published by Pearson Education, ISBN-13 978-1292374000

Exam Board and Specification Code

Cambridge CIE 0478

Christine Gavin
Head of Department

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