A-Level Computer Science CIE
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The Computer Science A Level 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.

Our A Level Computer Science E-Book offers an interactive learning experience to guide you through the A Level specification. You can also choose to add two years’ tutoring support for only £35.

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Description

A Level Computer Science

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

9618 (for examination June 2022 onwards)

Delivery method: Online

A Level duration: 360 hours over 24 months

Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

Award achieved: CIE A level Computer Science

Awarding body: CIE

The A level 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.

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A Level Computer Science online course

A level Computer Science 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.

A Level Computer Science Outline

This A Level 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

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.

Assessment

The CIE A Level Computer Science qualification is gained once all 4 exam papers are successfully completed.

These exams are administered by the CIE. As a private candidate you will sit your exams in an exam centre such as a school, college or private tuition centre.  Use the map below there are a huge number of places where you can sit your exams.

UK Exam Centres

In addition, if you select the added tutor support there will be a number of tutor marked assessments (TMAs) to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the content, with the tutor sending comments to guide you through any areas of potential difficulty. This will ensure you are prepared for the final exams.

All e-books contain a range of self-assessments that are indicators that you understand the materials as you work through them. These are for your own information.

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 content is online and accessed via our Learning Management System (LMS).

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

With the tutor support option here are also Tutor Marked Assessments (TMAs) which you access and submit through the online system.

Tutor support

We highly recommend the additional tutor option to support our A Level e-books. For just £35 you will receive 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.

How quickly can I complete the A Level?

You can complete your A Level as quickly or slowly within the two years as you choose. The recommended study time for the content is 360 hours. The exam dates are set by the exam boards and for A Level Computer Science are available in May/June or January each year. This gives you four opportunities to sit the exams over the two years.

Additional information

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How do I get my e-book and tuition?

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If the A Level or GCSE you have bought is delivered online you will receive your login details by 2pm the next working day.

What do I do next?

All the information you need will be included in your study guide which will be emailed to you. Once you have your login you will be good to go!

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.

Good luck!

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