KS3 Computer Science

11-14 Years Old

48 modules covering EVERY Computer Science topic needed for KS3 level.

GCSE Computer Science

14-16 Years Old

45 modules covering EVERY Computer Science topic needed for GCSE level.

A-Level Computer Science

16-18 Years Old

66 modules covering EVERY Computer Science topic needed for A-Level.

Sound – Quality, Size & Storing Solutions

Candidates should be able to: explain how sound can be sampled and stored in digital form explain how sampling intervals and other considerations affect the size of a sound file and the quality of its playback. How can sound be sampled and stored in digital form? A microphone converts sound waves into voltage changes. If …

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Images

Candidates should be able to: explain the representation of an image as a series of pixels represented in binary explain the need for metadata to be included in the file such as height, width and colour depth discuss the effect of colour depth and resolution on the size of an image file. How can an …

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Characters

Candidates should be able to: explain the use of binary codes to represent characters explain the term character set describe with examples (for example ASCII and Unicode) the relationship between the number of bits per character in a character set and the number of characters which can be represented. How are binary codes used to …

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Numbers

Candidates should be able to: convert positive denary whole numbers (0-255) into 8-bit binary numbers and vice versa add two 8-bit binary integers and explain overflow errors which may occur convert positive denary whole numbers (0-255) into 2-digit hexadecimal numbers and vice versa convert between binary and hexadecimal equivalents of the same number explain the …

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Units

Candidates should be able to: define the terms bit, nibble, byte, kilobyte, megabyte, gigabyte, terabyte understand that data needs to be converted into a binary format to be processed by a computer. Data units in computer systems Bit This is a single unit of memory and can only store 2 possible binary values, either 0 …

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Secondary Storage: Definition, Technology & Devices

Candidates should be able to: explain the need for secondary storage describe common storage technologies such as optical, magnetic and solid state select suitable storage devices and storage media for a given application and justify their choice using characteristics such as capacity, speed, portability, durability and reliability. Why is secondary storage needed? Although RAM can …

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Input devices, processing & output devices

Candidates should be able to: understand the need for input and output devices describe suitable input devices for a wide range of computer controlled situations describe suitable output devices for a wide range of computer controlled situations discuss input and output devices for users with specific needs. Why does a computer system need input devices? …

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Memory – RAM, ROM, Cache, Flash & Virtual

Candidates should be able to: describe the difference between RAM and ROM explain the need for ROM in a computer system describe the purpose of RAM in a computer system explain how the amount of RAM in a personal computer affects the performance of the computer explain the need for virtual memory describe cache memory …

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Boolean logic – Binary Logic

Candidates should be able to: explain why data is represented in computer systems in binary form understand and produce simple logic diagrams using the operations NOT, AND and OR produce a truth table from a given logic diagram. Why is data represented in computer systems in binary form? Computer systems are based on logic circuits. …

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Fundamentals of Computer Systems

Computer Systems Candidates should be able to: define a computer system describe the importance of computer systems in the modern world explain the need for reliability in computer systems explain the need for adherence to suitable professional standards in the development, use and maintenance of computer systems explain the importance of ethical, environmental and legal …

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