IGCSE Computer Science
Computers are widely used in all aspects of business, industry, government, education, leisure and the home.
In this increasingly technological age, the study of computer science, and particularly how computers are used in the solution of a variety of problems, is not only valuable to the learners but also essential to the future well-being of the country.
You will have access to 60 x 1 hour IGCSE Computer Science lessons delivered live by your course teacher (1 per week during term time throughout the course). All of these live sessions are also recorded to allow you to access any of your previous lessons whenever you want to, which is very useful for revising!
This qualification provides students with the opportunity of operating confidently in today’s digital world, and enabling them to apply computational thinking in context.
Pembrokeshire College Online also includes revision and exam preparation sessions towards the end of the course to prepare you for your exams.
Qualification: Computer Science IGCSE (4CP0)
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Start Date: September 2023
Exam Date: May/June 2025
Lesson Day & Time: Tuesday 1700-18:00*
Duration (including self study): 120 hours
Live Lessons: 60 x 1 hour sessions
Class Size: 8 students
Support: Teacher support and exam preparation
Fee: £750 – (Two year course)
payment plans available
*Until closer to the start of term these dates are approximate. We aim to keep them as close to this as possible.
Course Specification: Computer Science IGCSE
This IGCSE Computer Science course covers the following topics:
- Topic 1: Problem solving
- Decomposition and abstraction
- Topic 2: Programming
- Develop code
- Data types and structures
- Topic 3: Data
- Data representation
- Data storage and compression
- Topic 4: Computers
- Machines and computational modelling
- Programming languages
- Topic 5: Communication and the internet
- Network security
- The internet and the world wide web
- Topic 6: The bigger picture
- Emerging trends, issues and impact
There are no entry requirements to study IGCSE Computer Science.
Included with your Pembrokeshire College Online IGCSE Computer Science course:
- 24/7 access to the online training platform – so you can study anytime
- ALL learning documentation (including text books)
- Access to media-rich interactive learning resources
- 60 hours of IGCSE Computer Science online lessons (including recordings)
- Lively and interactive lessons, where you can engage with other students
- Dedicated course teacher
- Teacher-marked homework assignments + feedback
- 24 months priority support from your course teacher
- Teacher-marked past papers
- Revision support and examination preparation
As part of your IGCSE Computer Science course you will be required to complete regular homework assessments.
While your homework does not count towards your final grade, it is used to monitor your progress, ability, and to enable your teacher to support your learning and ensure you are prepared for the exams.
All homewok assignments have been designed to prepare you for your examinations, and questions are based on examination style questions.
Your homework assignments have been designed to match a specific Pembrokeshire College Online live session, so it is easy to go back and revisit the relevant lesson if you get stuck.
The most important part of your IGCSE Computer Science course (apart from you) is your dedicated teacher.
All our teachers have extensive academic experience and have taught in the classroom as well as online.
You will be assigned a course teacher when you enrol on your course who will support you for the duration of your studies.
You can contact your teacher via email or messaging with any questions.
24 months of tutor support is included with this course.
Paper 1: Principles of Computer Science (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.
- Understanding of what algorithms are, what they are used for and how they work; ability to interpret, amend and create algorithms.
- Understanding the requirements for writing program code.
- Understanding how to develop program code and constructs, data types, structures, input/output, operators and subprograms.
- Understanding of binary representation, data representation, data storage and compression, and encryption.
- Understanding of components of computer systems; ability to construct truth tables, produce logic statements and read and interpret pseudocode.
- Understanding of computer networks, the internet and the world wide web.
- Awareness of emerging trends in computing technologies, the impact of computing on individuals, society and the environment, including ethical, legal and ownership issues
2 hour– written paper
50% of of Computer Science IGCSE
Paper 2: Application of Computational Thinking (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:
- Understanding of what algorithms are, what they are used for and how they work; ability to interpret, amend and create algorithms
- Developing and testing program code and constructs, data types, structures, input/output, operators and subprograms
- Connecting and using data sources when developing program code
- Understanding of binary representation, data representation, data storage and compression, and encryption
- Ability to construct truth tables, produce logic statements and read and interpret pseudocode
3 hours – practical examination (task-based questions will be carried out using a computer system under supervision.
50% of Computer Science IGCSE
It is your responsibility to find an exam centre and we recommend you book your exams 6 months prior to the date of exams.
Exams are not included in the course fees.
Please contact the Pembrokeshire College Online team for more details on this course
Phone: 01437 701 490