A-Level CCEA SSD Software Systems Development

Examination Board: CCEA

Course Aims:

This course is aimed at developing programming skills and emphasis on object oriented development and event driven programming along with systems approaches and database concepts. To undertake this course students should have proven skills, knowledge and understanding of Computer Science.

This specification aims to encourage students to:


Course Outline:



Assessment Weightings
AS 1: Introduction to Object Oriented Development External written examination: 2 hours


Short and extended questions,

stimulus response and data response questions based on the principles of object oriented development

50% of AS


20% of A level

AS 2: Event Driven Programming Internal assessment


Portfolio showing evidence of designing, implementing, testing and evaluating an event driven application

50% of AS


20% of A level

A2 1: Systems Approaches and Database Concepts External written examination: 2 hours


Short and extended questions relating to current systems approaches and database concepts. These questions are based on a pre-release case study.

30% of A level
A2 2: Implementing Solutions Internal assessment


Portfolio showing evidence of the analysis, design and implementation of a software solution of a specified problem in a pre-release case study and task.

30% of A level


Coursework: AS 2: Event Driven Programming

In this unit, students have the opportunity to implement and develop object oriented technologies in an event driven environment. Students are able to state requirements and design, implement, test and evaluate their application. This unit is internally assessed.

Coursework: A2 2: Event Driven Programming

In this unit, students have the opportunity to design and implement a solution to a given problem using the knowledge and skills acquired in the preceding units of the course from AS to A2 Level. The students implement an agreed design using an appropriate software tool. The unit allows them to experience the elements of the systems development process. Students are required to build their solutions using an RDMS (Relational Database Management System) through an event driven programming environment. This unit is internally assessed with a pre-release case study. Students must use the pre-release case study throughout.

Access to resources and teaching materials

Within School

Students can access all teaching materials within school at either:

Computer\Member Shared\Subjects\ICT\Students\A-Level\A Level SSD


My School > Fronter > Software Systems Development

Outside School

Students can access all teaching materials from outside of school by logging into MySchool using their C2K Username and Password at the following location: https://ids.c2kschools.net/nidp/app

They can then access their Fronter Course (as above) or navigate to Computer\Member Shared\Subjects\ICT\Students\ A-Level\A Level SSD

Careers and Further Study

GCE Software Systems Development 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 Software Systems Development 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.

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Marketing and Multimedia

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Computer Animation and Visual Effects
Computer and Video Games
Computer Game Application Technology
Computer Games Design
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Computer Systems, Networks and Engineering Courses

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Computer Networks
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Applied Computer Science
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Useful Links

http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/software/  https://www.thetechpartnership.com/common-links/redirected-from-e-skills-uk/ https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx