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Computer Science 9608 has been introduced in place of computing 9691

Changes to syllabus for 2015
Change of syllabus name
Previously named ‘9691 Computing’, this syllabus has been reviewed to bring it up to date and
to allow learners more time to develop their computational thinking and programming skills.
Teachers are advised to read the whole syllabus document before planning their teaching
programme. As ‘Computer Science’, the syllabus now shares the same name as the IGCSE and O
Level syllabuses (formerly ‘Computer Studies’), indicating the firm links and progression between
these syllabuses.
New syllabus code: 9608
• There are some changes to the assessment structure, but with many features retained (see
Section 4):
○ Paper 1 has a new name: Paper 1 Theory Fundamentals – written paper.
○ Paper 2 has a new name: Paper 2 Fundamental Problem-solving and Programming Skills
– written paper. There are pre-release materials for this paper for candidates to complete
practical tasks. Teachers are expected to incorporate the pre-release material tasks into their
lessons and give support in finding methods and reaching solutions.
○ Paper 3 has a new name: Paper 3 Advanced Theory – written paper.
○ new Paper 4 Further Problem-solving and Programming Skills – written paper. There are
pre-release materials for this paper for candidates to complete practical tasks. Teachers are
expected to incorporate the pre-release material tasks into their lessons and give support in
finding methods and reaching solutions.
There is no longer a coursework/component (Computing Project).
• Revised syllabus aims and assessment objectives (see Section 5)
• Revised syllabus content (see Section 6):
○ new topics:
– principles of operation of specific hardware devices
– client-server system
– computer ethics
– TCP/IP protocol
– concept of virtual machine
– Boolean algebra
– GANTT and PERT charts
○ programming and algorithmic work from 2014 syllabus is maintained and updated
topics removed:
– system life cycle
– features of generic application software
– expert systems

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22 comments

  1. Hello, please i want to have some informations on the new “IT” program, ‘computer science’, for 2015! what will happen if in case someone repeats his last class of A-level? Will it be an exceptional case? Will he get the same syllabus or he will have to do the new syllabus?

    thanks

    • the last exam of computing 9691 will be oct/nov 2016,because the students who will take computing 9691 in sep 2014 will appear their final exams in 2016.so 2016 will be the last exam for old course and first new exam for computer science 9608,so in 2014 the old course will be offered last time and the new course of computer science will be introduced.i hope u got my point.

      • Can you tell me that if I started my 9691 computing from 2013, will I be able to take its exam in 2015 october/november series ?

        I’m actually doing a self-study for the subject and I couldn’t find books or resources for computer science.So, I chose computing to study but I’m still confused whether I’ll be able to take computing exam in 2015…

        • the answer to your first question is “Yes” you can appear in 2015 exams.The final year to appear in 9691 exam is oct/nov 2016.After it 9691 will not be valid.secondly,plz keep in mind,you can not appear as a private candidate in computing 9691 because it has a project in A2.you can only appear in AS as a private candidate.

      • no i din get d point

      • hi admin,
        what’s the source of this news? i contacted a few ppl at school and they don’t seem to know this.

        • dear faheem qazi,the schools have already been notified through british council and other discussion forums.The registered schools were given a draft of the new syllabus almost 2 years ago.After approval of the draft,the computing 9691 and computer studies 7010 are being stopped from 2015 instead the computer science 9608 and 2210 have been introduced.

  2. Hi!! where can I have notes for the new syllabus there’s only notes for computing.

  3. where could i find geography papers. pls tell me as soon as possible

  4. hi admin
    i wanted to know that which subject will i have to appear in may/june 2015 session as I want to give an accelerated (As+A2) paper .. Will it be Computing (9691) Or Computer science (9608) for A level ?

    • In your case it will be computing 9691.In 2015 u can only appear for AS exam if u want to take computer science 9608.i hope it helps.

  5. Admin, will the coursebook for A level computing endorsed by Cambridge work well for study Computer science apart from the new topics. Or, the inside materials for old topics have also changed…

    • yes u can use the old book until the new one is published.Just follow the syllabus contents and then search the topic from book accordingly.

  6. As the syllabus is changed, will they publish a new book for computer science (9608) ?? if yes then when it will be available ?

    • Book for the new syllabus of computer science 9608 has not been published yet.You can use other resources for the time being e.g old book contains many topics of the new syllabus.Additionally you can use internet to get knowledge about new topics.i hope it helps.

  7. Salam, can private (home schooling) students take the new exam (9608), since there’s no coursework component?

  8. dear admin
    I m appearing my computer science exams of As level in this may\jun of 2016 .But still me and my friends hav not got its new book according to new syllabus.So I request u to atleast give me the name,auther,edition or any related things about new book .so that we can practise as soon as possible .

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