Certificate in Information & Creative Technology - Level 2 - Full-time (North Devon)
North Devon Campus
IT skills are your passport to a wide range of career options. The Level 2 Diploma covers all aspects of computing and covers practical skills and knowledge of underlying technologies. This course can give you specialist work-relevant IT skills in many aspects of computing, including units on computer hardware, programming, website design and knowledge of underlying principles of the internet.
Careers in this industry are endless and more IT jobs are becoming available day by day.
On this BTEC First Extended Certificate, you will study nine units on a variety of topics; for most units there will be three or four assignments.
- Online World (externally assessed): Extend your knowledge of the main technologies and processes which make the internet work.
- Technology Systems (externally assessed): Extend your knowledge of the hardware and software components which make up a range of technology systems.
- Digital Portfolio: Create an exciting and dynamic showcase for your achievements on the course.
- Creating Digital Graphics: Investigate the use of digital graphics, learn new skills using two industry standard graphical packages and then design and create your own graphic images.
- Spreadsheet Development: Create your own spreadsheet to demonstrate advanced skills and meet specified user requirements.
- Software Development: Learn the fundamentals of programming and create your own program using Visual Basic.
- Website Development: Investigate a wide variety of website components and then develop an effective website to meet user requirements.
- Creating Digital Animations: Learn the fundamentals of animation and create your own animation using industry-standard software.
- Installing and Maintaining Computer Hardware: Understand the benefits of maintaining hardware and carry out practical maintenance activities.
There are written assignments to be handed in for each of the units. These will be prepared on word processing software. All units are assessed and graded by your lecturers. Your work will have to meet the mark criteria laid down by the examinations board. Some of the marks will be checked by the exam board. An overall grade is awarded, which may be Pass, Merit or Distinction.
All entrants must hold 4 GCSEs at grade 3 or equivalent or above, to preferably include GCSE Maths and English at grade 3 or above.
Entrants who do not have a GCSE grade 4 in Maths and/or English will continue studying these subjects.
At the end of the year, you are expected to have completed and achieved all the components of your Level 2 Study Programme and improved your Maths and English skills before progressing to your next course.
It is preferable that you have a grade 4/5 in either Maths or English before starting the programme.
Most students use this qualification as a basis for further study. You could go on to a more advanced course such as the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Information Technology, A-levels, or follow an apprenticeship/employment route.
We have a number of IT `super rooms', housing new i7 computers equipped with High Resolution Displays for computing/design work. These rooms have Creative Cloud and computer applications.
You will be taught mostly in computing rooms, equipped with modern networked PCs. Each student will have the use of their own PC. For the theory parts of the course, you may occasionally be taught in a standard classroom.
This course can be completed without a home computer, but having one would be very useful. A data stick will allow you to transport your work to and from home. You will not be expected to buy any text books.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.
Q: Will this qualification give me the practical skills to apply for work?
A: Yes. However, you must remember that IT jobs have a lot of applicants, and after completing the BTEC First Diploma, you may well be advised to study for a higher qualification if you want a career in IT.
Q: Will this qualification enable me to progress further with my education?
A: Yes. Once you have completed the BTEC First Diploma, you will be able to apply for Level 3 qualifications (A-levels or equivalent courses).
Q: Will I get help if I have trouble with my reading and writing?
A: Yes. The College allocates extra time to support students with reading and writing difficulties. There is also extra support available if your maths could do with improvement.