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The aim of the Cambridge International AS and A Level Computer Science syllabus is to encourage learners to develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of computer science and how computer programs work in a range of contexts.
Learners will study topics including information representation, communication and Internet technologies, hardware, software development, and relational database modelling. As they progress, learners will develop their computational thinking and use problem solving to develop computer-based solutions using algorithms and programming languages. Studying Cambridge International AS and A Level Computer Science will help learners develop a range of skills such as thinking creatively, analytically, logically and critically.
They will also be able to appreciate the ethical issues that arise with current and emerging computing technologies.
From the 2022 examination series, this syllabus will be replaced by Cambridge International AS and A Level Computer Science (syllabus code 9618). There will be a cross over year in 2021 when the last series of 9608 ends and the new syllabus 9618 starts.
The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.
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