Specific knowledge required for AS and A Level:
- Candidates need to have an understanding of a range of input, output and storage devices.
- Candidates do not need to understand how the input and output devices work, but must be able to recommend appropriate devices for specific situations and be able to justify choices made.
- Candidates need to understand that there are different types of storage device. They need to know about the characteristics of each type (magnetic, optical and flash) and understand the benefits and drawbacks of each, and be able to recommend an appropriate type of device for a given situation and justify the choice.
- Candidates need to understand the purpose of ROM and RAM within a computer system, their characteristics, and the role they play in the running of a range of different computers e.g. mobile devices, embedded systems etc.
- Candidates need to understand why there is a need for virtual storage, how virtual storage works and the benefits and drawbacks of using virtual storage. Virtual storage would be that which may appear to be local but is physically located elsewhere on the network/remotely/in the cloud.
Static link to the videos for this topic:
We update our flipped classroom videos from time-to-time to keep them relevant. This can be troublesome if you put links to the videos on your VLE because the hyperlink address will change with each update. The link below will take you to a static playlist for all the videos in this section that you can safely put on your VLE, ensuring you always have a path to the latest videos, and no broken links.