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Cambridge A Level Computer Science

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About Course

*Updated for the 2024/25 Specification *

To pay over 10 equal instalments of £55, please select “pay by bank transfer” at checkout.

CIE A Level Computer Science topic introductions are not endorsed by Cambridge International. Please refer to the exam board specification to ensure that the full range of topics has been covered.

To access the course material, please click on the link to each section.

Throughout the course, key terms are shown in bold and underline. Hover over these words for more information.

If you are using this course to study A Level Computer Science independently, it is recommended that you follow the study plan below (this is approximate, but you should study both theory and programming from early in your studies):

AS Topics (Paper 1 & 2):

PaperWeeksTopics (Theory)Topics (Programming)
Paper 1 & 21 – 8Topics 1 & 2Topic 9
9 – 16Topics 3 & 4Topic 10
17 – 24Topics 5 & 6Topic 11
25 – 32Topics 7 & 8Topic 12

A2 Topics (Paper 3 & 4):

PaperWeeksTopics (Theory)Topics (Programming)
Paper 3 & 41 – 6Topics 13 & 14Topic 19
7 – 12Topics 15 & 16Topic 20
13 – 18Topics 17 & 18Practice & Revision
19 – 24Topics 19 & 20Practice & Revision
25 – 30Practice & RevisionPractice & Revision
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What Will You Learn?

  • Paper 1 (AS) Exam: Topics 1 - 8
  • Paper 2 (AS) Exam: Topics 9 - 12
  • Paper 3 (A2) Exam: Topics 13 - 20
  • Paper 4 (A2) Exam: Topics 19 - 20

Course Content

Revision

  • Personal Revision Glossary

Topic 1- Information Representation

Topic 2 – Communication

Topic 3 – Hardware

Topic 4 – Processor Fundamentals

Topic 5 – System Software

Topic 6 – Security, Privacy and Data Integrity

Topic 7 – Ethics and Ownership

Topic 8 – Databases

Topic 9 – Algorithm Design and Problem Solving

Topic 10 – Data Types and Structures

Topic 11 – Programming

Topic 12 – Problem Solving (Software Development)

Topic 13 – Advanced Data Representation

Topic 14 – Communication and Internet Technologies

Topic 15 – Hardware & Virtual Machines

Topic 16 – Advanced System Software

Topic 17 – Advanced Security

Topic 18 – Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Topic 19 – Advanced Computational Thinking and Problem Solving

Topic 20 – Advanced Programming

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