A level Computer Science

Computer Science IGCSE (9-1)

£345.00

Qualification: IGCSE Computer Science (4FR1)
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Start Date: September 2017
Exam Dates: June 2019
Duration: 120 hours
Support: Dedicated course tutor

Course Specification: Computer Science IGCSE

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Computer Science IGCSE – What’s Included

  • 24/7 access to the LearnOnline training platform
  • All learning documentation (including text books)
  • Dedicated course tutor
  • Tutor-marked assignments + feedback
  • Examination preparation
  • 24 months priority tutor support
Course Structure
  1. Problem solving
    1. Algorithms
    2. Decomposition and abstraction
  2. Programming
    1. Develop code
    2. Constructs
    3. Data types and structures
    4. Input/output
    5. Operators
    6. Subprograms
  3. Data
    1. Binary
    2. Data representation
    3. Data storage and compression
    4. Encryption
  4. Computers
    1. Machines and computational modelling
    2. Hardware
    3. Logic
    4. Software
    5. Programming languages
  5. Communication and the internet
    1. Networks
    2. Network security
    3. The internet and the world wide web
  6. The bigger picture
    1. Emerging trends, issues and impact
Assessments

Your Computer Science IGCSE course contains a number of assignments which your dedicated course tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on throughout your study.

Examinations

Paper 1: Principles of Computer Science – 4CP0/01

This paper will primarily assess knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of computer science, including some coverage of how these principles are applied when solving problems that relate to a particular situation.

This paper will assess all topics.

  • Understanding of what algorithms are, what they are used for and how they work; ability to interpret, amend and create algorithms.
  • Understanding the requirements for writing program code.
  • Understanding how to develop program code and constructs, data types, structures, input/output, operators and subprograms.
  • Understanding of binary representation, data representation, data storage and compression, and encryption.
  • Understanding of components of computer systems; ability to construct truth tables, produce logic statements and read and interpret pseudocode.
  • Understanding of computer networks, the internet and the world wide web.
  • Awareness of emerging trends in computing technologies, the impact of computing on individuals, society and the environment, including ethical, legal and ownership issues.

2 hours – written paper
The paper consists of multiple-choice, short open-response, open-response and extended open-response answer questions.
50% of of Computer Science IGCSE
Available: June 2019

Paper 2: Application of Computational Thinking – 4CP0/02

This paper will primarily assess the practical application of computational thinking, whereby learners will create, use and adapt existing algorithms to solve problems in a particular
situation. This paper will also test students’ knowledge and understanding of the topics.

This paper will draw on:

  • understanding of what algorithms are, what they are used for and how they work; ability to interpret, amend and create algorithms
  • developing and testing program code and constructs, data types, structures, input/output, operators and subprograms
  • connecting and using data sources when developing program code
  • understanding of binary representation, data representation, data storage and compression, and encryption
  • ability to construct truth tables, produce logic statements and read and interpret pseudocode.

3 hours – practical examination
50% of of Computer Science IGCSE
A choice of three programming languages will be available (Python, C# or Java)
The task-based questions will be carried out using a computer system under supervision.
All other questions requiring a written response will be answered in the paper.
A pseudocode reference document will be available for learners to reference during the assessment.

Available: June 2019

Arranging Your Exams

You are required to arrange and pay for your own examinations.
(we can arrange for you to sit your exams at Pembrokeshire College if you wish).

You must check with the relevant examination board for final examination dates.

You will need to register for your exams at least 6 months prior to exam dates.

Text Books

You will receive all necessary Computer Science IGCSE text books as part of your LearnOnline course.

Tutor Support

The most important part of your online Computer Science IGCSE course (apart from you) is your dedicated tutor. All of our tutors have extensive academic experience and have all taught Computer Science IGCSE in the classroom as well as online. You will be assigned a tutor as soon as you enrol on your course who will support you for 24 months during your studies. You can contact your tutor via email or telephone with any questions.

Previous Knowledge

There are no previous knowledge requirements for this course.

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