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The Computer Science department offers iGCSE as an examined subject for students in S4 and S5 as an optional subject. The course follows the CIE syllabus (Cambridge International Examinations – http://www.cie.org.uk/ ), with students sitting two examination papers at the end of the course in the Summer of S5.
The iGCSE is academically very rigorous and challenging, and requires a wide breadth of understanding of computing theory and programming skills. Students are taught the relevant theory through practical, hands-on experience where possible. They are also thoroughly prepared for the ‘Case Study’ pre-release material (supplied each year by the exam board) using not one, but a variety of programming languages. This ensures a deep understanding of the scenario and boosts knowledge of different programming environments and methodologies.
Although not a requirement for A Level Computer Science, this course provides an excellent foundation for those interested in working with computers or going on to further study that involves an element of computing or ICT.