ICT A-Level – Digital Technology

A Level – CCEA GCE Digital Technology

 

Examination Board: CCEA

 

Course Aims:

This course is aimed at those students who wish to pursue a career in the specialist IT sector.  The course content is a mix of theory and coursework, with the emphasis on theory.
To undertake this course you should have proven skills, knowledge and understanding of IT, such as at least a Grade B in GCSE ICT or Grade C Computer Science.

 

You would also need to have a genuine interest in digital technology and a willingness to explore new ideas with an ability to communicate your ideas effectively.

 

This specification aims to encourage students to:

Course Outline:

ContentAssessmentWeightings
AS 1: Approaches to Systems DevelopmentExternal written examination: 1 hour 30 mins
Students answer short and extended questions based on Approaches to Systems Development.
50% of AS
20% of A level
AS 2: Fundamentals of Digital TechnologyExternal written examination: 1 hour 30 mins
Students answer short and extended questions based on the Fundamentals of Digital Technology.
50% of AS
20% of A level
A2 1: Information SystemsExternal written examination: 2 hours 30 mins
Students answer short and extended questions based on Information Systems.
40% of A level
A2 2: Application Development(Case Study)Internal assessment
Students compile a portfolio showing evidence of the analysis, design, development, testing and evaluation of an application for a specified end user.
20% of A level

 

Coursework: A2 2: Application Development (Case Study)

In this unit, students have the opportunity to become involved in a real-world situation detailed in a case study. They apply their skills, knowledge and understanding of digital technology to solve a problem for a specified client.

 

CCEA will provide a new case study each year and this will be accessible from their website:

http://ccea.org.uk/qualifications/revision/level/specifications_sams/digital_technology

 

Students apply their practical skills to produce a solution and associated detailed documentation for the client.

 

The case study encourages students to demonstrate their skills in:

 

Careers & Further Study

GCE Digital Technology can lead to a wide range of careers including multimedia and website design, software design, games design, computer programming, graphic design, IT management, CAM engineering and CAD design.

 

An Advanced GCE AS or full A Level in Digital Technology combines well with almost all other AS and Advanced GCE subjects.  Taken with Mathematics and Science, it supports applications for any IT-based University courses. Taken with Languages or Arts it supports an equally wide range of university courses such as Communications, Media, Business and Management.