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iGCSE Computer Science

iGCSE Computer Science Distance Learning

CIE (Cambridge International) Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. It is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide, and is an international passport to progression and success. Developed over 30 years ago, it is tried, tested and trusted by schools worldwide. The iGCSE 9-1 path is equivalent to a UK GCSE grade.

For more information about Cambridge iGCSEs please click here.

Throughout the 15 month course, through a fully qualified Computer Science teacher, our students develop their understanding of Computational thinking, problem solving, and can apply their understanding to develop computer-based solutions using algorithms and programming languages. Our students also develop a range of technical skills, as well as being able to effectively test and evaluate computing solutions.

 

Course Structure

Courses have a starting date of February or September each year and last for 16 months, allowing students to sit exams in either January or May.

  • Students join our weekly live classroom (encouraged), or access the class as a recording in their own time each week. In this, students are taught key aspects through presentations, interactive whiteboards, and activities. Cameras are not used as a safety precaution.
  • Outside of the live class, students will study a particular topic making use of key resources available through the online classroom each week.
  • Tuition covers marking of a topic assignment each week. This will be set after each live class and is submitted to the teacher through their online classroom.
  • Students can discuss resources, ask questions, and interact with other class members through their online classroom – this is a fully moderated forum where are discussions are open and moderated by our staff

Course Content

  • Data Representation
  • Communication & Internet Technologies
  • Hardware & Software
  • Security
  • Ethics
  • Algorithm & Problem Solving
  • Programming
  • Databases

Term Dates

Feburary 2019 Start (42 weeks):

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Term 1: 4th February 2019 – 5th February 2019 (half term 18th Feb – 22nd Feb)

Term 2: 22nd April 2019 – 29th Jun 2019 (half term 6th May – 10th May)

Term 3: 2nd September 2019 – 13th December 2019 (half term 28th October – 1st November)

Term 4: 6th January 2020 – 3rd April 2020 (half term 17th February – 21st February)

Term 5: 20th April 2020 – 7th May 2020 (reaching exam week)

September 2019 Start (42 weeks):

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Term 1: 2nd September 2019 – 13th December 2019 (half term 28th October – 1st November)

Term 2: 6th January 2020 – 3rd April 2020 (half term 17th February – 21st February)

Term 3: 20th April 2020 – 26th June 2020 (half term 25th May – 29th May)

Term 4: 2nd September 2021 – 12th November 2021 (up to exam week)

 

Fees & Exam Registration:

The cost of this course is £21.00 for 16 months or £320 full payment (booked online). All course materials are included.

Students are solely responsible for finding and registering with a Cambridge Exam Centre as a private candidate. To search for an exam centre near you, click here.

From the exam board:

Studying Cambridge IGCSE (9-1) Computer Science will help learners appreciate current and emerging computing technologies, the benefits of their use and recognise their potential risks.

Cambridge IGCSE (9-1) 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[

Frequently Asked Questions

Can my child study this course in a year?

Our distance learning program is already condensed into 42 weeks instead of the usual 68 week program. Whilst studying for an iGCSE in a year is certainly possible, a condensed program of study requires a more intensive approach and to achieve their best in 1 rather than 2 years, we would strongly suggest the route of one to one private tutoring for this approach.

What is the benefit to paying up front?

A 5% discount has been applied for fees where they are paid in advance. Students recieve exactly the same service no matter which route you choose for fee payment.

 

How is monthly payment taken?

Monthly fees ae taken via Direct Debit which is set up at time of registration. After your initial payment of £21 at time of registration, a further £21 will be taken monthly for 15 months from the start date of the course.

Should parents wish to commence monthly payments earlier to help spread payment prior to commencement, please do get in touch.

Do you offer a scholarship program?

Students from families with low incomes may apply to sit our online entrace exam. We award a number of 50% and 80% scholarships each year. Please contact us for more details.

 

Is my child still able to attend if I miss a payment?

Where fees are paid monthly, access to the online classroom is reliant on prompt payment of fees. These are set up to be charged automatically each month so there is no chance of forgetting to pay. Should you need to discuss unforseen financial circumstances, please get in touch.

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