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GCSE Digital Technology

GCSE Digital Technology (Multimedia)

formerly ICT


Examination Board – CCEA - The course is divided into three units.


This specification aims to encourage students to:


• acquire and apply knowledge and understanding of digital technology in a range of contexts;

• acquire creative and technical digital technology skills and apply these in a range of contexts;

• develop and evaluate digital technology based solutions to solve problems;

• develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies and the social and commercial impact of these technologies;

• develop their understanding of the legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental impact of digital technology;

• recognise potential risks when using digital technology and develop safe, secure and responsible practice; and

• develop the skills needed to work collaboratively.


The table below summarises the structure of this GCSE course.







Unit 1: (Compulsory core) Digital Technology

In this 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.


External written examination

1 hour


Summer from 2018


GCSE Digital Technology    (Multimedia Route)





Unit 2 Digital Authoring Concepts

In this unit, students gain an understanding of the concepts in the development of digital systems;

Multimedia Applications and Database Development.

They enhance the knowledge and skills developed in Unit 1.


Unit 3 Digital Authoring

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


External written examination

1 hour 30 mins


Controlled assessment










Summer from 2019






Summer from 2019


Students must take at least 40% of the assessment (based on unit weightings) at the end of the course as terminal assessment.


*Students are not permitted to select both GCSE Digital Technology and GCSE Computer Science.



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