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Cambridge International AS & A Level Computer Science encourages learners to meet the needs of higher education courses in computer science as well as twenty-first century digital employers. It encourages leaders to think creatively, through applying practical programming solutions, demonstrating that they are effective uses of technology.
Learners develop computational thinking & programming skills to solve computer science problems. 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 replace Cambridge International AS and A Level Computing (syllabus code 9608). 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.
We revise qualifications regularly to make sure that they continue to meet the needs of learners, schools and higher education institutions around the world. The 2021-2023 syllabus reflects current thinking in industry and higher education, including the introduction of Robotics and Artificial intelligence (A.I).
The updated syllabus is for examination in June and November 2021, 2022 and 2023. Please see the 2021-2023 syllabus above for full details.
We are developing a wide range of support to help you plan and teach the 2021-2023 syllabus.
Look out for resources including a Scheme of work, Example candidate responses, Teacher and Learner guides, all of which will be available from April 2019 onwards through School Support Hub.
Cambridge International AS & A Level Computer Science (Hodder)
Develop computational thinking and ensure full coverage of the revised Cambridge International AS & A Level Computer Science syllabus with this comprehensive Student’s Book written by experienced authors and examiners.
Cambridge International AS & A Level Computer Science (Cambridge University Press)
Detailed descriptions of concepts, reinforced with examples that outline complex subject matter in a clear way. Alongside fundamental definitions, higher-level programming skills are developed through the explanation of processes and consolidated by practical exam-style questions.
Read more on the Cambridge University Press website
For some subjects, the syllabus states that Grade Descriptions will be made available after first assessment in 2020 or 2021.
Publication of grade descriptions for these syllabuses has been delayed. This is to make sure that grade descriptions reflect examination outcomes appropriately and are based on the full range of candidate performance after the 2020 and 2021 series.
From 2020, we have made some changes to the wording and layout of the front covers of our question papers to reflect the new Cambridge International branding and to make instructions clearer for candidates - learn more.
Check the Submit for Assessment page and the samples database for information and guidance on submitting moderated and examined work using Submit for Assessment.
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