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Cambridge International AS & A Level Computer Science 9618

Summary of course content

The aims of this course are to enable students to develop:

  • computational thinking skills
  • an understanding of the main principles of solving problems using computers
  • an understanding of the component parts of computer systems and how they interrelate, including software,
  • data, hardware, communication and people
  • an understanding of the different methods of communication and the functionality of networks and the internet
  • the skills necessary to apply this understanding to develop computer based solutions to problems

Candidates for Cambridge International AS & A Level Computer Science study the following:

  • Computer systems including software, data hardware and people
  • Networks and Communication
  • Databases
  • Solving problems using computers
  • Computer systems including software, data hardware and people
  • Networks, Communication and Security
  • Computational thinking, problem-solving and programming

How the course is assessed

1

Candidates for Advanced Subsidiary (AS) certification take two written papers.

2

Candidates for A Levels take three written papers and one practical examination.

3

Calculators must not be used in any paper.

Guided Learning Hours

We design Cambridge International AS & A Level syllabuses based on learners having about 180 guided learning hours for each Cambridge International AS Level and about 360 guided learning hours for a Cambridge International A Level. The number of hours a learner needs to achieve the qualification may vary according to local practice and their previous experience of the subject.

Course code 9618
Level AS/A
Syllabus

Any special requirements

You may assume that all students have access to an Internet connection and a basic computing device such as a mobile phone or a tablet and basic writing materials such as notebooks and pens/pencils. If anything additional to this such as textbooks, a more powerful computing device or specific software or apps are required (including free software) then list the minimum requirements here.

Textbook

  • Cambridge International AS & A Level Computer Science: Student’s Book
    Watson, D and Williams, H
  • Hodder Education
  • ISBN: 9781510457591

Computing Device

  • It is possible to complete the course using a basic computing device such as a mobile phone or tablet. A bluetooth keyboard for easier typing would be recommended. Having access to a laptop or desktop computer would be an advantage.

Required textbook

Cambridge International AS & A Level Computer Science, David Watson, Helen Williams, ISBN 9781510457584. You can find the textbook here.