Summary of course content
You are a native digital individual, so you already have essential skills.. With this course you will learn new skills that have utility in everyday life and encourage you to take a new look at solving problems in real life. Combine this course with Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or Economics in order to achieve your career in this area. Get ready to learn in depth information about Hardware and Software fundamentals.
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
- Solving problems using computers
- Networks, Communication and Security
- Computational thinking, problem-solving and programming
How the course is assessed
Candidates for Advanced Subsidiary (AS) certification take two written papers.
Candidates for A Levels take three written papers and one practical examination.
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.
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.
- Cambridge International AS & A Level Computer Science: Student’s Book
Watson, D and Williams, H
- Hodder Education
- ISBN: 9781510457591
- 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.
Cambridge International AS & A Level Computer Science, David Watson, Helen Williams, ISBN 9781510457584. You can find the textbook here.
Course Code: 9618