Categories of Software A Level Resources

A Level Computer Science: ​​​Categories of software

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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​​Categories of software

There are two types of software:

  1. System software: System software is responsible for running hardware and managing computer systems. Examples of system software include operating system, device drivers, utility software, translators and library programs.
  2. Application software: Application is a type of software designed for the end-user. It is further classified into general-purpose software, special-purpose software and custom-written software.

This ​A Level Computer Science module introduces ​​​categories of software to your students, explaining:

  • ​​Types of software
  • Systems software vs. applications software
  • Utilities: Maintenance & Security
  • Types of applications software
  • Open-source vs. proprietary software

More ​Software and software development Modules

​​Categories of software is one lesson in our ​Software and software development module. The other theory lessons can be found below: