AS LEVEL COMPUTER SCIENCE 9608

Syllabus

The aim of the Cambridge International AS and A Level Computer Science syllabus is to encourage learners to develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of computer science and how computer programs work in a range of contexts. 

Objectives

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. Studying Cambridge International AS and A Level Computer Science will help learners develop a range of skills such as thinking creatively, analytically, logically and critically. 

They will also be able to appreciate the ethical issues that arise with current and emerging computing technologies. 

Assessment

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
  • 50%

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.

  • 75 marks
  • Externally assessed
  • 2 hours
  • 50%

Teacher: Markus Kruger