A-Level Computer Science CIE (Cambridge)
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The A level course gives you a good grounding in all aspects of computer science. As such, it is a very good basis for further study of computing related subjects at university or further education.

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Description

A Level Computer Science Online Course

Course code: 9608 (for examination June and November 2021)

9618 (for examination June 2022 onwards)

Delivery method: Online

Course duration: 24 Months (can be done in less than a year)

Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

Award achieved: CIE A level Computer Science

Awarding body: CIE

The A level course gives you a good grounding in all aspects of computer science. As such, it is a very good basis for further study of computing related subjects at university or further education.

Topics are clearly structured and cover a wide variety of computer science issues. Learners will study topics including information representation, communication and Internet technologies, hardware, software development, and relational database modelling. As they progress, learners will develop their computational thinking and use problem solving to develop computer-based solutions using algorithms and programming languages.

A Level Computer Science online course

A level computer science course overview

A Level Computer Science covers a variety of computing concepts and practices. This ranges from programming all the way through to computer architecture and data handling.

Skills gained

  • You will build on your GCSE foundations without repetition of content.
  • You will have a wide choice of topics for study covering all aspects of computer science.
  • You will develop a passion for the theory of computer science.
  • You will develop good programming skills.

Course outline

This course is divided into the following:

Section 1
Theory Fundamentals

Section 2
Fundamental
Problem-solving and
Programming

Section 3
Advanced Theory

Section 4
Further Problem-solving
and Programming Skills

  • Fundamentals of programming
  • Fundamentals of data structures
  • Systematic approach to problem solving
  • Theory of computation
  • Fundamentals of data representation
  • Fundamentals of computer systems
  • Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture
  • Consequences of uses of computing
  • Fundamentals of communication and networking

Assessment

The CIE A Level Computer Science qualification is gained once all the exam papers are successfully completed.  These exams are administered by CIE and assessment centre details will be included with your course, as well as practice papers so that you are more than prepared for your assessments. You will need to contact your local examination centre to work through your coursework requirements.

In addition, there will be a number of tutor marked assessments (TMAs) to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the course materials, with the tutor sending comments to guide you through any areas of potential difficulty, as well as a range of self-assessments that are indicators that you understand the materials as you work through them. These are for your own information, and do not need to be shown to your course tutor.

Paper 1 Theory Fundamentals
This written paper contains short-answer and structured questions.
There is no choice of questions.
75 marks
Externally assessed 1 hour 30 minutes – 25% of total marks

Paper 2 Fundamental Problem-solving and Programming Skills
This written paper contains short-answer and structured questions.
There is no choice of questions.
Topics will include those given in the pre-release material.1
75 marks
Externally assessed 2 hours – 25% of total marks

Paper 3 Advanced Theory
This written paper contains short-answer and structured questions.
There is no choice of questions.
75 marks
Externally assessed 1 hour 30 minutes – 25% of total marks

Paper 4 Further Problem-solving and Programming Skills
This written paper contains short-answer and structured questions.
There is no choice of questions.
Topics will include those given in the pre-release material.1
75 marks
Externally assessed 2 hours – 25% of total marks

Method of study

Online 

The course is primarily an online course using a Learning Management System (LMS).

The online course has many features that cannot be printed such as embedded videos, forums and interactive tests.

The course includes Tutor Marked Assessments which you access and submit through the online system.

Tutor support

Our A Level courses come with tutor feedback and support by email for 24 months. They will mark your TMAs and provide valuable guidance through any trickier parts of the course whenever you need it. You will also receive a study guide to help you with all aspects of studying, essay writing and general student skills.

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Everyone at Absorb wishes you the best of luck on your studying journey! We know it’s both rewarding and challenging and ultimately what a difference that qualification will make to your career path and life.

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