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SYLLABUS
Cambridge International AS and A Level Computing

9691
For examination in June and November 2014

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Contents
1. Introduction ..................................................................................................................... 2 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Why choose Cambridge? Why choose Cambridge International AS and A Level? Why choose Cambridge International AS and A Level Computing? Cambridge AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) Diploma How can I find out more?

2. Assessment at a glance .................................................................................................. 5 3. Syllabus aims and objectives .......................................................................................... 6 3.1 Aims 3.2 Assessment objectives 3.3 Weighting of assessment objectives

4. Curriculum content.......................................................................................................... 8 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Paper 1 Paper 2 Paper 3 Paper 4

5. Syllabus content .............................................................................................................. 9 6. Coursework .................................................................................................................. 32 7. Appendix....................................................................................................................... 33 7.1 Guidance on selecting the Computing Project 7.2 Guidance on marking the Computing Project Instructions for completion of this form Paper 4: Marking Grid (attach to Project)

8. Additional information ...................................................................................................49 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 Guided learning hours Recommended prior learning Progression Component codes Grading and reporting Access Resources

Introduction

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1.1

Introduction
Why choose Cambridge?

University of Cambridge International Examinations is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for 5 to 19 year olds. We are part of the University of Cambridge, trusted for excellence in education. Our qualifications are recognised by the world’s universities and employers.

Recognition
A Cambridge International AS or A Level is recognised around the world by schools, universities and employers. The qualifications are accepted as proof of academic ability for entry to universities worldwide, though some courses do require specific subjects. Cambridge International A Levels typically take two years to complete and offer a flexible course of study that gives students the freedom to select subjects that are right for them. Cambridge International AS Levels often represent the first half of an A Level course but may also be taken as a freestanding qualification. They are accepted in all UK universities and carry half the weighting of an A Level. University course credit and advanced standing is often available for Cambridge International A/AS Levels in countries such as the USA and Canada. Learn more at www.cie.org.uk/recognition

Excellence in education
We understand education. We work with over 9000 schools in over 160 countries who offer our programmes and qualifications. Understanding learners’ needs around the world means listening carefully to our community of schools, and we are pleased that 98 % of Cambridge schools say they would recommend us to other schools. Our mission is to provide excellence in education, and our vision is that Cambridge learners become...
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