Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)

Computer Studies consists of one written examination paper and a coursework project.

  • Paper 1 (worth 75% of the total marks) is 2.5 hours in length and consists of short-answer and structured questions with no choice.
  • Paper 2 (worth 25% of the total marks) is a coursework project of a substantial nature carried out over an extended period. The project gives students the opportunity to find a computer-based solution to a significant problem and carry it through to a successful conclusion. It is assessed by the Centre and is moderated by CIE.

Candidates are assessed on knowledge and understanding, problem solving and realisation, and communication.

Source: University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate

The aims of a course based on this syllabus should be to develop an understanding of the main principles of solving problems using computers, the range of applications of computers and the effects of their use, the organisation of computer systems including software, data, hardware, communications and people, and to acquire the skills necessary to apply this understanding to developing computer-based solutions to problems.

The syllabus is comprised of 4 components:

  • Paper 1 (written) and Paper 2 (practical tasks)
  • Paper 3 (written) and Paper 4 (coursework project).

Centres and candidates may choose:

  • To take all Advanced Level components in the same examination session leading to the full A Level.
  • To follow a staged assessment route to the Advanced Level by taking the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) qualification in an earlier examination session. Subject to satisfactory performance such candidates are then only required to take the final part of the assessment (referred to in this syllabus as A2) leading to the full A Level.
  • To take the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) qualification only.

    Source: University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate
CIE provides a varied range of qualifications, including school-based general qualifications and more recently a suite of Cambridge International Diplomas. Each assessment has been created with an international audience in mind, making it both interesting and highly relevant for the student.

Many subjects are available at different levels. If you are interested in a specific subject area, please click on it below to see what level it is available at. For example, French is offered at IGCSE, O Level, A and AS Level. To find a syllabus, choose the subject then click on the relevant qualification.

Source: University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate
University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) is the world's largest provider of international qualifications for 14-19 year-olds. As a not-for-profit organisation, CIE is committed to making high quality education available all around the world. CIE qualifications are available in over 150 countries and recognised worldwide.

Source: University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate
Cambridge Students is committed to providing useful resources to help you succeed in your CIE course.

Currently, you will find past papers, resource lists, revision checklists and useful web links for each many subjects on the site. There are also links to interactive simulations and games, and science resources which you can download for free.

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Source: University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate

Welcome to Cambridge Students – CIE's first-ever website dedicated entirely to students studying Cambridge qualifications. But what does it include? How can it help you?

We’ve developed the site to provide you with the resources you need to succeed in your studies. From syllabuses, past papers and study checklists to exam information, competitions and other interactive items, the Cambridge Students website is the source for all the information you need.

Make sure your friends and fellow students know about our new website by sending them the link (, so they too can benefit from this excellent time-saving resource.

Source: University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate

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