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Studying Computer Science gives students the tools and knowledge that they need to understand the operation of programmable systems and networks as well as introducing them to programming in Python. Doing this course will enable you to complete and function with the Computer Science tools that you will need to use in further courses of study and employment.
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Course code: 4CP0
Delivery method: Online
Course duration: 12 Months
Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed
Award achieved: IGCSE Computer Science (ICT) (9-1)
Awarding body: Edexcel
The IGCSE Computer Science course gives you a good grounding in the wide range of knowledge and skills necessary to understand the operation and programming of programmable systems. It is also a good foundation for A level courses in computer science, as well as courses in further education and university.
The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable you to:
This qualification provides students with the opportunity of operating confidently in today’s digital world. It is a useful, practical qualification which will provide skills needed in further education and work.
You will learn about topics such as:
Topic 1: Problem solving including algorithms
Topic 2: Programming in Python
Topic 3: Data types, representation and storage
Topic 4: Computer hardware and logic
Topic 5: Communication, networks and the internet
Topic 6: Emerging trends, issues and impact
This course is divided into the following:
Students study all of the following topics:
The IGCSE computer science qualification is gained once all the exam papers are successfully completed. These exams are administered by Edexcel 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: Principles of Computer Science – Paper code 4CP0/01
This paper will primarily assess knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of
computer science, including some coverage of how these principles are applied when
solving problems that relate to a particular situation.
This paper will assess all topics.
Paper 2: Application of Computational Thinking *Paper code 4CP0/02
This paper will primarily assess the practical application of computational thinking, whereby learners will create, use and adapt existing algorithms to solve problems in a particular situation. This paper will also test students’ knowledge and understanding of the topics. This paper will draw on:
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.
Our IGCSE courses come with tutor feedback and support by email for 12 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 Oxford College of Education 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.