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Kilkeel High School, Knockchree Avenue, Kilkeel

A Level

CCEA AS/A2 Digital Technology:

This course has been designed for students interested in current and emerging technologies, the impact they have and how to use them effectively.

This qualification is likely to appeal to ALL BUT it might particularly interest those who enjoyed studying the following subjects at GCSE level or equivalent:

  • ICT
  • Computer Science
  • Digital Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences such as Physics or Chemistry
  • or Technology and design.

New technologies, networks and services are transforming the way we communicate with each other, how we work and the way we learn.

GCE Digital Technology gives students opportunities to develop advanced skills in a range of development environments and apply these to relevant work-related scenarios.

Students will also acquire other skills valued in further and higher education, as well as in the workplace; these include:

  • research
  • investigation
  • analysis
  • communication skills
  • problem solving
  • and working with others.


Unit AS 1: Approaches to System Development

This unit explores approaches to the development of complex digital technology systems, the key stages in the process and the outputs produced. The other three units build on this one.

Unit AS 2: Fundamentals of Digital Technology

In this unit students develop knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of any digital technology system, such as data representation, computer architecture, software and the user interface. This also provides a foundation for progression to A2.

Unit A2 1: Information Systems

This unit leads on from AS 2 and provides knowledge and understanding of concepts such as computer networks, databases, mobile technologies, cloud computing, legislation, and moral and ethical issues.

Unit A2 2: Application Development (Case Study)

This unit allows students to apply their skills, knowledge and understanding to develop an application that solves a problem for a specified client. This unit can be taught alongside Unit A2 1: Information Systems, allowing students to work over an extended period.