GCSE Digital Technology

Examination Board: CCEA


Course Outline:

Digital Technology embraces the study of evolving information technologies whilst incorporating some key aspects of computer science. It explores how we can use technology to create, store, process, analyse and present information in a digital context. This includes computer architecture, networks, web technology, digital media, programming tools and software applications.


GCSE Digital Technology has developed from the course which was previously known as ICT. This course recognises that new IT services and networks are rapidly transforming the way people live, work and learn. Preparing people for living and working in the Information Society is a priority task in Ballyclare High School and this Key Stage 4 course seeks to build on pupils’ experiences at Key Stage 3.





Course ContentAssessment
Unit 1: Digital Technology – Core UnitExternal Exam


This unit will cover the following:

• Digital Data

• Software

• Database Applications

• Spreadsheet Applications

• Computer Hardware

• Network Technologies

• Cyberspace Security

• Cloud Technology

• Legislation

• Digital Applications

This compulsory unit students explore a range of digital technologies available for data storage, manipulation, presentation and transfer. They also evaluate the importance of data security and data legislation.


This unit is assessed by a one hour external exam. It is worth 30% of the overall GCSE qualification.



Unit 2: Digital Authoring ConceptsThis unit will cover the following:

• Designing Solutions

• Digital Development

• Multimedia Applications

• Multimedia Authoring

• Database Development

• Testing

• Evaluating Systems

In this unit, students gain an understanding of the concepts in the development of digital systems. They enhance the knowledge and skills developed in Unit 1.


This unit is assessed by a one hour 30 minute external exam. It is worth 40% of the overall GCSE qualification.



Unit 3: Digital Authoring PracticeThis unit will cover the following:

• Solution Design

• Solution Building

• Solution Testing

• Solution Evaluation

In this controlled assessment unit, students design, develop and test digital multimedia systems.


This unit is assessed by a controlled assessment practical task. It is worth 30% of the overall GCSE qualification.




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