ICT A-Level – Digital Technology
A Level – CCEA GCE Digital Technology
Examination Board: CCEA
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:
- develop a genuine interest in digital technology
- gain an understanding of the systems development process;
- gain an awareness of a range of technologies and an appreciation of the potential impact these may have on individuals, organisations and society;
- participate in developing an application while adhering to the systems development process;
- develop an understanding of the consequences of using digital technology on individuals, organisations and society, and of social, legal, ethical and other considerations of using digital technology;
- apply their skills to relevant work-related scenarios;
- carry out research and development, and present their findings in different formats;
- develop advanced study skills that help them prepare for third level education; and
- demonstrate that they understand and can apply key concepts through internal and external assessments.
|AS 1: Approaches to Systems Development||External 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 Technology||External 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 Systems||External 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:
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:
- analysing the problem;
- designing an appropriate solution to the real-world problem;
- developing the solution;
- testing the solution;
- evaluating the solution; and
- developing user support documentation.
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.