This syllabus is structured to guide students in developing their understanding of the main principles of problem solving using computers. Students are expected to apply their understanding in developing computer-based solutions to problems using algorithms and a high-level programming language. Students also learn and develop a wide range of technical skills and the ability to test and evaluate computing solutions. Studying this subject, students will be able to develop an interest in computing and computational thinking. This syllabus is the ideal preparation for further studies of AS and A Levels.
All candidates take two components: Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 is a paper based on the theoretical part of the syllabus. It consists of short-answer and structured questions and is worth 60% of the total grade. Paper 2 also contains short-answer and structured questions. A portion of the marks is based on pre-released material (which is available to Centers the January before the June examination, and the July before the November examination). However, candidates are not permitted to bring prepared material to the test. This paper is worth 40% of the total grade.
Candidates are able to sit for these exams during June and November examination sessions.
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