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IGCSE Computer Science

Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel

At Key Stage 4, students are offered the chance to study the following course: IGCSE Computer Science.

This IGCSE qualification offers students essential skills and understanding for students to thrive in the modern, ever-changing world of computing. It helps learners develop an interest in computational thinking and an understanding of the principles of problem-solving using computers. They apply this understanding to create computer-based solutions to problems using algorithms and a high-level programming language. Learners also develop a range of technical skills, and the ability to effectively test and evaluate computing solutions.

Studying Cambridge IGCSE Computer Science helps learners appreciate current and emerging computing technologies, the benefits of their use and recognize their potential risks. It provides an ideal foundation for progression to Cambridge International AS & A Level and is valuable for other areas of study and everyday life.

The aims of the IGCSE Computer Science are to enable students to develop:

  • computational thinking skills

  • an understanding of the main principles of solving problems using computers

  • the skills necessary to solve computer-based problems using a high-level programming language

  • an understanding of the component parts of computer systems and how they interrelate

  • an understanding of the internet as a means of communication and its associated risks

  • an understanding of the development and use of automated and emerging technologies.

Assessment takes the form of two written examinations, each worth 50%:

  • Paper 1 – Computer Systems

  • Paper 2 –Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

Throughout the course, students are given the opportunity to develop their programming skills by undertaking a range of learning tasks, programming challenges and larger projects.

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