GCE

Cambridge International A & AS Level Computing

The aim of the Cambridge International AS and A Level Computing syllabus is to develop an understanding of how computers are used to solve a wide range of problems. Learners investigate a variety of different computers, and also look at the ways that computers are organised in terms of software, data, hardware, communications and people. Learners develop the skills necessary to apply their understanding to the development of computer-based solutions. As they progress, they learn about the main principles of systems analysis and design, looking at different methods of problem formulation, and the planning of solutions. They also consider systematic methods of solution implementation, testing and documentation. 

Reasons for choosing the Cambridge International A & AS Level Computing 

University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) is the world’s largest provider of international qualifications. Around 1.5 million students from 150 countries enter Cambridge examinations every year.


• A Cambridge International A or AS Level is recognised around the world by schools, universities and employers.
• The qualifications are accepted as proof of academic ability for entry to universities worldwide, though some courses do require specific subjects.
• Cambridge International A Levels typically take two years to complete and offer a flexible course of study that gives students the freedom to select subjects that are right for them.
• Cambridge International AS Levels often represent the first half of an A Level course but may also be taken as a freestanding qualification. They are accepted in all UK universities and carry half the weighting of an A Level. University course credit and advanced standing is often available for Cambridge International A/AS Levels in countries such as the USA and Canada. 

Procedure and assessment regulations

Candidates follow a staged assessment route by taking papers 1 and 2 (for the AS qualification) in one session( first year), and then papers 3 and 4 (for the full A Level) at a later session (second year).

Paper

 Marks

 

 Weighting (%)

AS

A2

A

Paper1 (Year 1)Theory Fundamentals

This written paper contains short-answer and structured questions.

There is no choice of questions.

 

1 hour 30 minutes

 

 

75

 

50

 

 

25

Paper 2 (Year 1)Fundamental Problem-solving and Programming Skills.

This written paper contains short-answer and structured questions.

Topics will include those given in the pre-release material.

There is no choice of questions.

2 hours

 

75

 

50

 

 

25

Paper 3 (Year 2)Advanced Theory

This written paper contains short-answer and structured questions.

There is no choice of questions.

1 hour 30 minutes

 

 

75

 

 

 

25

Paper 4 (Year 2)Further Problem-solving and Programming Skills

This written paper contains short-answer and structured questions.

Topics include those given in the pre-release material.

 

There is no choice of questions.

2 hours

 

 

75

 

 

 

25

 

Advanced Subsidiary (AS) forms 50% of the assessment weighting of the full Advanced Level.

This syllabus is examined in the May/June examination session and the October/November examination session.