Computer Architecture A Level Resources

​A Level Computer Science: ​Computer architecture

This module contains:

  • An editable PowerPoint lesson presentation
  • Editable revision handouts
  • A glossary which covers the key terminologies of the module
  • Topic mindmaps for visualising the key concepts
  • Printable flashcards to help students engage active recall
  • A quiz with answer key to test knowledge and understanding of the module
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​​Computer architecture

​Very early computers could not store programs and, hence, in 1945, John von Neumann developed an idea of a computer that could store programs, which is also known as von Neumann architecture. He suggested that data and programs could be stored in memory and that the data would be transferred between the memory and the processor during processing.

This ​A Level Computer Science module introduces ​​​computer architecture to your students, explaining:

  • ​Various components of a computer such as memory and  processor.
  • How are these components connected?
  • How data is accessed from memory? How are contents copied to memory?
  • How are programs executed?

More ​The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices Modules

​Computer architecture is one lesson in our ​The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices module. The other theory lessons can be found below: