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Course outline

The AQA Foundation Technical Level in Scripting and App Development is a technical qualification developed by AQA with industry specialists; designed to prepare students professionally and academically for careers and degrees in software engineering, web & app development, and computer science.

The Technical Level is offered as part of the Thetford TechBacc programme and is one of the three components of the TechBacc.

Course content

There is a strong focus on the practical application of knowledge, and a requirement for meaningful employer engagement. In previous years we have worked with freelance web developers, and the Aviva Digital Foundry in Norwich.

There are 4 mandatory units:

  • Fundamental Principles of Computing (External Written Exam)
  • Computer Programming (External Written Exam)
  • Website Technologies (Internal Assessment)
  • Mobile Applications Programming (Internal Assessment)

You will:

  • Learn how to develop web and mobile apps.
  • Learn about the fundamentals of programming and computer science.
  • Learn how to program and code in HTML, CSS, PHP, C#, using event-driven and object-oriented models.
  • Understand what it means to be an agile software developer.

Entry requirements

GCSE maths grade 5, computer science grade 5. Students who do not have strong pass in computer science can submit a portfolio of their programming.

Career / higher education opportunities

Previous students have progressed to Level 4 Apprenticeships in Software Development, BSc in computer science, and internships in the IT industry.

The Technical Level prepares students to access jobs from the Tier 2 Shortage Occupations List.
The following are examples of job opportunities within this sector: Computer programmer, analyst-programmer, games programmer or software engineer. Companies that might employ someone with this qualification are: Web companies, app development companies, software houses, games development companies. Some learners may choose to work for themselves. 

Course specification

AQA Level 3 Foundation Technical Level IT: Scripting and App Programming (360 GLH)