IGCSE Computer Science

Benefits of studying Cambridge IGCSE Computer Science

Our Cambridge IGCSE Computer Science homeschooling course will guide your child through the principles of computer science that will give them the underpinning knowledge required for other science and engineering subjects.

Computer scientists design, develop, and apply the software and hardware for the programs we use day in day out. Almost every aspect of society, from family-owned businesses needing digital protection to homeless shelters needing a way to streamline their volunteer base, relies on computer science innovation.

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Wolsey Hall Oxford is a registered school of Cambridge Assessment International Education

We are proud to be part of the world’s largest international community of schools.

We offer a wide range of IGCSE subjects.

Cambridge IGCSE Computer science student

Key topics covered in the course

  • Data representation
  • Communication and internet technologies
  • Hardware and software
  • Security, Ethics
  • Algorithm design and problem solving
  • Programming, Databases

Prior requirements and hours of study

  • Previous study: CAIE recommends that learners starting this course should have studied a general curriculum such as the Cambridge Lower Secondary programme or equivalent national educational framework such as the Key Stage 3 programme of study within the National Curriculum for England.
  • Your child should allow around 150 hours’ study time to complete the course plus additional time for completing assignments. 150 hours is an approximate figure which depends on their learning abilities and the pace at which they work.
Cambridge IGCSE Computer science student

The syllabus and exam

   
The course will prepare your child for (CAIE) Cambridge IGCSE Computer Science, syllabus 0478 or 0984.

In your exam, you will sit 2 papers. Both feature a mixture of short answer and structured questions, and calculators are not permitted. All questions are compulsory:

Paper 1

Computer Systems (1 hour 45 minutes). This paper contains a total of 75 marks. It covers the whole of Chapters 1-6 in your coursebook and makes up 50% of your total mark.

Paper 2

Algorithms, Programming and Logic (1 hour 45 minutes). This paper also contains a total of 75 marks. It covers Chapters 7-10 of your coursebook and also makes up 50% of your total mark.

There are Cambridge exam centres in over 150 countries. We can provide details of the most convenient.

All of our IGCSE courses include a number of past exam papers in the final module. These include the most recent paper which can be taken as a mock exam and submitted to your Tutor for assessment and feedback for a modest additional fee.

Course sample

Hardware is a component of Cambridge IGCSE Computer Science

2017-2022 Exams

A level computer science

2023-2025 Exams

Course Fees

The fee for IGCSE Computer Science is £545 via instalments. There is a discount of 5% for payment in full reducing the fee to £515. Read more about our fees and discounts, see what our fees include or use our fee calculator to find out the total cost of the courses you select. If you’re not delighted with your course, let us know within 45 days and we’ll refund your course fee (less the cost of the books).

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Thank you very much for your assistance, and I just want to say that homeschooling Sophie and her sister Helene has been made so much easier by your organization’s involvement – the tutors have been fabulous and the course presentation very easy to follow.
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Jeff Hennig, IGCSE Homeschooling Parent,

USA

“Homeschooling with Wolsey Hall has been a very delightful experience! The courses are beautifully organized, from the amazing resources on Canvas to the very creative assignments. However, above all, I couldn’t be more thankful to my very encouraging and supportive Tutors and Student Progress Manager who was always very welcoming to each and every question I had. Wholeheartedly, I couldn’t have scored an A* in both Physics and Biology without your help. Thank you!”
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Reem Arafat, Homeschooling IGCSE Student

Saudi Arabia

I’ve found no better place to discover my potential as a learner than at Wolsey Hall Oxford. The time I have spent working towards completing my secondary education with them has been very encouraging and gratifying. I’ve received such a great amount of support. To add to this, I’ve been happy to discover that the subjects I once thought impossible are the ones I’ve grown to love and do well in. Amazing doesn’t even sum it up for me, it’s been a truly outstanding part of my journey.

Zenzele Memela – IGCSE Student

South Africa

I have nothing but praise for Wolsey Hall, such a great organisation, very professional but at the same time supportive and friendly. The Student Progress Manager was not only a great support for my son but was always there for me too when I needed advice. Deniz has been studying IGCSE Biology, English Lang, History & Maths.
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Jane, IGCSE Parent

UK

Wolsey Hall Oxford’s IGCSE courses are excellent for students who wish to homeschool. The step by step programme of study, with designated textbooks and online resources ensured that my daughter understood the concepts and their application in a logical manner. She also benefitted from completing the assignments and past exam papers. She worked hard… asking questions, getting feedback from her Tutors and sharpening her exam technique. Without the Wolsey Hall Oxford programme, she would not have achieved her fantastic results (six A*’s in her IGCSEs in 2016).
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Andrew Yeoh, IGCSE Homschooling Parent

Australia

I would recommend Wolsey Hall Oxford to anyone considering homeschooling. Each course has plenty of resources on canvas and the course books are very informative. Any questions or help that we needed (preparing and arranging exams etc) have always been dealt with by the friendly tutors and student progress manager. My daughter achieved excellent IGCSE results and is now taking an A Level course.
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Donna Hogan – IGCSE Parent

UK