Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment


Our GCE in Software Systems Development is for first teaching from September 2013. We will make the first AS awards for this specification in 2014 and the first A Level awards in 2015. It is an applied qualification designed to help students to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to work in software development.

This specification aims to help students to:

  • develop a genuine interest in programming in software systems development;
  • develop an understanding of systems approaches and modelling techniques;
  • develop skills that will prepare them for work in today’s software industry;
  • participate in developing a software project using a complete software development process;
  • apply their skills to work-related scenarios;
  • research, develop and present their findings in a variety of formats;
  • develop advanced study skills to prepare for third level education; and
  • demonstrate their understanding and application of key concepts through assessments.