IGCSE Computer Science

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 computerbased 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.

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 written papers assessing the two components: Theory of Computer Science; and Problem-solving and Programming. Both papers contain short-answer and structured questions, all of which are compulsory. Each paper lasts 1 hour 45 minutes. The Component 1 exam is worth 60% of the marks and the Component 2 exam is worth 40% of the marks. In Component 2, 20 of the 50 marks are from questions set on the pre release material.

Reading

Cambridge IGCSE Computer Science By P. Hoang, H. Williams Published by Hodder Education, ISBN 978-1471809309

Exam Board and Specification Code

Cambridge CIE 0478

Christine Gavin
Head of Department