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Learners following the Cambridge IGCSE Computer Science syllabus develop their understanding of the main principles of problem solving using computers. They can apply their understanding to develop computer-based solutions to problems using algorithms and a high-level programming language. Learners also develop a range of technical skills, as well as being able to effectively test and evaluate computing solutions. Studying Cambridge IGCSE Computer Science will help learners appreciate current and emerging computing technologies, the benefits of their use and recognise their potential risks.
Cambridge IGCSE Computer Science helps learners develop an interest in computing and gain confidence in computational thinking. It is an ideal foundation for further study at Cambridge International AS and A Level, and the skills learnt can also be used in other areas of study and in everyday life. From the 2015 examination series, this syllabus will replace Cambridge IGCSE Computer Studies (syllabus code 0420).
June 2017 is the final examination series in which syllabus 0478 will be included in UK performance tables.
From 2020 examinations for this syllabus will no longer be regulated by the qualifications and examinations regulators in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Changes to the syllabus and specimen papers reflect the change in regulated status. This syllabus will continue to be available worldwide.
Please note that if you make an entry for the A*-G grading scale, it is not then possible to switch to the 9-1 grading scale once the entries deadline has passed. If you find that you have accidentally made an entry for the A*-G syllabus, you must withdraw and re-enter before the entries deadline.
The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.
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The 2016 syllabus is regulated by Ofqual. Ofqual-regulated Cambridge IGCSE syllabuses are eligible for funding for teaching in state schools in England.
Previously named Cambridge IGCSE Computer Studies (0420), the 2016 syllabus and specimen papers have been updated to reflect the latest developments in teaching and learning.