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FAQs for IGCSE Computer Science (0478)

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  • Is there a set answer/method for the Computer Science pre-release tasks?
  • What are the software requirements for IGCSE Computer Science?
  • When will I receive the pre-release material for IGCSE Computer Science?
  • What programming language should students use?
  • For this syllabus how many bytes are there in a KB?

Is there a set answer/method for the Computer Science pre-release tasks?

The pre-release tasks are open ended to allow more-able students to expand their program or programs. They can also be interpreted in different ways, as there is no one single solution to the tasks. The purpose of the tasks is to allow students to develop their problem solving and programming skills, to create a suitable solution(s) to the tasks. As you will see in the Mark Schemes of previous papers, the answers shown are only one example of a suitable solution.Please be aware that the pre-release tasks are live examination material so we are not in a position to answer specific queries relating to them.

What are the software requirements for IGCSE Computer Science?

For Cambridge IGCSE Computer Science students must have experience of using a high-level programming language, such as Visual Basic, Pascal/Delphi or Python (chosen by the school).

When will I receive the pre-release material for IGCSE Computer Science?

The pre-release material for Computer Science is despatched to schools based on your entries being received by us.If you have submitted estimated entries, the pre-release material will be despatched the month following the estimated entries deadline.If you did not submit estimated entries by the deadline, you will need to submit final entries to trigger the despatch of your pre-release material, which will then be despatched on a monthly basis.The pre-release material can be handed out to students as soon as you have received it. Students should contact the school where you have registered to take your exams.

For more information and materials on this syllabus, please visit our School Support Hub here.

What high-level procedural language should candidates use?

Centres are free to use any high-level procedural language of their choice, the ones mentioned in the syllabus are just the most popular choices. The choice is normally down to the experience of the candidate or teacher’s experience in teaching the language to candidates. The pre-release can be undertaken in any high-level procedural programming language, again the choice is down to the centre/candidate. We would recommend that candidates learn a full high-level procedural language such as Python or Visual Basic, so that they have good foundations for their future coding and are able to understand programming code questions within Paper 2.

For this syllabus how many bytes are there in a kilobyte?

Candidates should be taught to use the division/multiplier of 1024 for the IGCSE Computer Science syllabus.

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