Paper 1 – Theory of Computer Science
The Computer systems exam covers the non-programming theory topics. This is a 1 hour 45 minutes written paper that includes multiple choice, short answer, and longer answer questions.
- Data Loss
- Keeping Data Safe
- Security Threats
- Methods of Preventing Security Threats
- Copyright Issues and Plagiarism
- Software, Freeware and Shareware
- Hacking, Cracking and Production of Malware
Paper 1 – Past Papers
New spec past papers will be listed once available
Paper 2 – Practical Problem Solving & Programming
The Computational Thinking exam covers the programming theory topics. A set of programming tasks will be set covering the first section of the exam.
Whilst you are not required to actually program these in the exam, nor submit your code, you are required to answer questions about them and write reflective algorithms for o of the tasks.
This is a 1 hour 45 minutes written paper that includes multiple choice, short answer, and longer answer questions including written code questions.
- Programming Concepts
- Use of:
- Programming Constructs
- String Manipulation
- File Handling Operations
- Use of Subroutines
- Use of Data Types
- Common Arithmetic Operators
- Common Logical Operators
- Common Boolean Operators
- Data Structures & Arrays