Component 01 – Computer Systems:
Students are introduced to the internal workings of the CPU, data exchange, software development, data types and legal and ethical issues. The resulting knowledge and understanding will underpin their work in component 03. It covers:
- The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
- Types of software and the different methodologies used to develop software
- Data exchange between different systems
- Data types, data structures and algorithms
- Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues
Component 02 - Algorithms and programming
This builds on component 01 to include computational thinking and problem-solving. It covers:
- What is meant by computational thinking (thinking abstractly, thinking ahead, thinking procedurally etc.)
- Problem solving and programming – how computers and programs can be used to solve problems
- Algorithms and how they can be used to describe and solve problems.
We will continue to develop your knowledge of the python programming language from GCSE as well as introducing you to a few others. The language chosen for the Programming project (03) should be appropriate to the task chosen. There are several programming languages which the exam board will accept which are outlined in the specification.