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CIE 0984 (9-1)

A Computer Science IGCSE is your first step to building the confidence to program tomorrow’s apps, and to tackle the ever-evolving world of information technology. You will study the principles and practices of computing, computational thinking and programming. You will write computer code and develop your skills in problem-solving using computers, and will be offered the opportunity to work on extracurricular games development, as well as build cyber-security skills. You will also have the opportunity to apply your understanding to develop computer-based solutions to problems using algorithms and a high-level programming language such as Python. However, it is equally important for you to be able to recognise the ethical issues and potential risks when using computers, and these are addressed in the topics of ethics and security. Understanding the principles of computer science also provides you with the underpinning knowledge required for many other subjects in science and engineering, and the skills learnt can also be used in everyday life.

Course content

Assessment

You will take two papers both one hour 45 minutes in length. Paper 1 is a theory paper and is worth 60%; paper 2 is problem solving and programming paper and is worth 40%.

Note that there is no coursework component with the IGCSE CIE Computer Science syllabus. Instead, you will be given a programming challenge to work on prior to the Summer 2023 examinations with plenty of time to study the problem, and to design and program a solution; you will be asked questions in Paper regarding your approach and solution to this pre-released programming challenge.