A Level – Digital Technology

At Post-16 level, students opting to continue with formal ICT currently follow CCEA’s Specification for AS Digital Technology (commenced Sept 2016)

AS Digital Technology

At AS level pupils will learn about the ways in which computer systems can be developed as well as studying the essential digital technology concepts involved.

Pupils will complete two AS units, each with a written exam.

These contribute overall to 40% of the A level award.

At A2 level pupils will complete two additional units, one with a written exam, the other involving coursework.

These contribute to 60%of the A level award.

For the written exam pupils will study computerised information systems in detail. In the coursework unit pupils will have the opportunity to apply the digital technology knowledge and skills that you have acquired to develop and implement a computerised information system.

What will I study?

Unit Areas of Study
AS 1 Approaches to System Development In this unit  pupils  will learn about:

the system development process with particular focus on the analysis, design and implementation stages;

alternative development approaches, which will be compared;

software projects;

security issues;

and programming concepts.

AS 2

Fundamentals of Digital Technology

In this unit  pupils  will learn about:

data representation;

data and information;

computer architecture;

hardware and software components;

processing systems; and

web technology and multimedia.

A2 1

Information Systems

In this unit  pupils  will learn about:



expert systems;

applications of digital technology;

mobile technologies;

cloud computing; and

individual, social and legal considerations.

A2 2

Application Development

In this unit, pupils will complete a detailed project. The project brief will be provided annually by CCEA. You will identify and research a realistic problem.  Pupils will then design a solution, implement and test your solution, and document and evaluate their solution.

How will pupils be assessed?

Unit Assessment Description Weighting
AS 1

Approaches to System Development

1 hour 30 minute external examination paper 50% of AS

20% of A level

AS 2 Fundamentals of Digital Technology 1 hour 30 minute external examination paper 50% of AS

20% of A level

A2 1 Information Systems 2 hour 30 minute external examination paper 40% of A level
A2 2 Application Development Internal assessment of a project 20% of A level


GCE Digital Technology (2016) | CCEA

 GLA Entrance Assessment Results

Results have been posted to arrive on Saturday 4th February 2023

If any Parent / Guardian of a P7 pupil who sat the GLA Entrance Assessment in Loreto Grammar School has not received results in the post, you may call the school office between 12noon and 1p.m. on Saturday 4th February.

This session is only to facilitate issue of results which have not been delivered.