It is information rather than money that makes the world go around, and we depend on computers to process this information. Our governments, hospitals, banking, transport, and so much more depend on these systems to function.
Software controls every computer system function in the world. The ability to write computer programs in languages that are used widely in the industry is one of the most valuable skills to have in the world today. Knowing languages such as Java and C# allows you to programme and develop applications for mobiles. Wouldn’t it be great to have the skills to become part of this growing industry?
A LEVEL - SOFTWARE SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT
This course is suitable for students who wish to learn how to develop software. It will provide students with a good foundation for studying Computer Science at university or for those students going into the IT industry.
Pupils completing this A-level will be offered a lower entrance grade than ICT if they want to read Computer Science, or equivalent, at Queens’ University Belfast and the University of Ulster.
This specification aims to encourage students to:
- Develop a genuine interest in software systems development with a focus on programming;
- Develop an understanding of systems approaches and modelling techniques to support software development;
- Develop software development skills that will prepare them for work in today’s software industry;
- Participate in the development of a software project using a complete software development process;
- Apply their skills to relevant work-related scenarios;
- Work with others in group settings;
- Research, develop and present their findings in a variety of formats;
- Develop advanced study skills in preparation for third level education; and
- Demonstrate their understanding and application of key concepts through challenging internal and external assessments.
- AS: C# Object orientated programming project & written programming paper.
- A2: C# case study based business solution with SQL integration & written project management paper.
- Course is weighted 50% project and 50% written paper.
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