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The 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 your child the underpinning knowledge required for many other subjects in science and engineering.

Computer scientists theorise, design, develop, and apply the software and hardware for the programmes 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 the innovations of the computer science industry.


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Key topics covered in the course

  • Data representation
  • Communication and internet technologies
  • Hardware and software
  • Security, Ethics
  • Algorithm design and problem solving
  • Programming, Databases
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Prior Requirements/Hours of Study

  • The Cambridge IGCSE course assumes that our young learners will have studied Computing from the English National Curriculum (Years 7 – 9) or an equivalent national educational framework. However, we always welcome enquiries from mature students who may have alternative experiences.
  • Your child should allow for up to 150 hours’ study time to complete the Cambridge IGCSE Computer Science 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.
  • We offer Study Skills Sessions for those students who need some extra help managing their studies.

The Syllabus and the Exam

•    The course will prepare your child for the (CAIE) Cambridge IGCSE Computer Science syllabus 0478.

•    Before sitting your exam, your child will need to complete what is known as ‘pre-release material’ – effectively more programming exercises. The exam board sends this about 5 months before your exam (January for June exams; July for November exams). The exam centre with which your child is registered should send this material to you. It is VITAL that they complete it before the exam, as the paper will refer to it several times.

•    The exam comprises two papers:

Paper 1: Theory: 1 hour and 45 minutes. 60% of total grade Paper 2: Problem Solving and Programming: 1 hour and 45 minutes. 40% of total grade.

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

Course Fee

The fee for our Cambridge IGCSE Computer Science homeschooling course is £495 via instalments (initial payment of £103 and 8 monthly instalments of £49). There is a discount of 5% for payment in full, reducing the fee to £470.

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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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