|Know that there are different levels of programming language: • low-level language • high-level language. Explain the main differences between low-level and high-level languages.||Students should understand that most computer programs are written in high-level languages and be able to explain why this is the case.|
|Know that machine code and assembly language are considered to be low-level languages and explain the differences between them.||Understand that processors execute machine code and that each type of processor has its own specific machine code instruction set. Understand that assembly language is often used to develop software for embedded systems and for controlling specific hardware components. Understand that assembly language has a 1:1 correspondence with machine code.|
|Understand that ultimately all programming code written in high-level or assembly languages must be translated into machine code. Understand that machine code is expressed in binary and is specific to a processor or family of processors.|
|Understand the advantages and disadvantages of low-level language programming compared with high-level language programming|
Understand that there are three common types of program translator:
Explain the main differences between these three types of translator. Understand when it would be appropriate to use each type of translator
Classification of programming languages
Classification of programming languages.