Y11 Computer Science

Below you will find information on what you have covered during your course and how you will be assessed.

In my mock examination I will be asked to show I can demonstrate my knowledge of...

Paper 1 – Computer Systems

  • Describe the main components of a CPU and their purpose
  • Describe the stages of the FDE cycle
  • Identify the main features of Von Neumann Architecture
  • Describe the relationship between CPU, Primary memory and secondary storage
  • State the properties of the different types of primary memory (RAM and ROM)
  • State the properties of the main types of secondary storage
  • Describe the purpose of the operating system
  • Describe the FIVE main features of an operating system
  • Identify FIVE examples of utility software and describe how they function
  • Describe the different types of network (LAN, WAN) and typical structures (topologies)
  • Describe the purpose of the main pieces of network hardware
  • Explain the benefits and drawbacks of creating computer networks
  • Explain the threats and security methods associated with networks and the internet
  • Compare the benefits and drawbacks of wireless and wired connections

Paper 2 - Read pre-written algorithms and write Python code – This may include-

  • Creating variables to store different types of data
  • Output messages to the user and read in responses (print/input)
  • Using iteration such as FOR loops and WHILE loops
  • Using selection (IF ELSE) to provide different pathways in a program
  • Use of different operators – Mathematical, comparative and boolean
  • Use of casting techniques such as str(), int() and float()
  • Use of functions and procedures
  • Use of lists/arrays for storing multiple pieces of data
  • Create a program from a flowchart design

Paper 2 (other topics)-

  • Apply computational thinking techniques such as decomposition and abstraction
  • Apply standard sorting algorithms to a set of data (Bubble, Insertion and Merge)
  • Search a list of data following a Linear or Binary search algorithm

How will I be assessed?

Title or Topic Format Length Date
Paper 1 – Computer Systems Written Paper 60 minutes Tue 23 Nov 1.40pm
Paper 2 – Programming and algorithms Written Paper 60 minutes Wed 1 Dec 1.40pm


What should I do to revise and prepare for this assessment?

To prepare for this assessment:

  1. Complete the Revision Activities provided
  2. Look back through each of the sections in the homework booklets (Paper 1 R1- 25, Paper 2 R29-35, R38-52, R60-73) and recap
  3. Complete the practice question papers
  4. Use look, cover, check using the knowledge organisers for each topic

What useful websites/resources could I use to help me prepare?

You can access all the Advent term resources here: