Extended Certificate in Information and Creative Technology - Level 2 - Full-time (Mid Devon)
Mid Devon Campus
IT skills are your passport to a wide range of career options.
This Level 2 course covers all aspects of computing and covers practical skills and knowledge of underlying technologies.
The course will 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 with some of the country's top earning brackets.
You will study eight units on a variety of topics:
- 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.
- Installing and Maintaining Computer Software: Understand the benefits of maintaining software and carry out practical maintenance activities.
- 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.
- Installing and Maintaining Computer Hardware: Understand the benefits of maintaining hardware and carry out practical maintenance activities.
For most units there will be three or four assignments.
There are written assignments to be handed in for each of the units. These will be prepared on word processing software. All except two units are assessed and graded by your lecturers; the remaining two are assessed using an online exam marked by BTEC. Your work will have to meet the mark criteria laid down by BTEC. 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.
All entrants must hold 4 GCSEs at grade D or equivalent or above, to preferably include GCSE Maths at grade 3 or above and GCSE English Language at grade 3 or above. Entrants holding a grade 2 or a 3 in GCSE Maths will study towards GCSE Maths to gain grade 4 or above. Those with a grade 1 or below will study Level 1 Functional Skills Maths and retake GCSE Maths in the following year. Entrants holding a grade 2 or a 3 in GCSE English Language will study towards GCSE English Language to gain grade 4 or above. Those with a grade 1 or below will study the Level 1 Functional Skills English and retake GCSE in the following year.
At the end of the year all learners are expected to have completed and achieved all the components of their Level 2 Study Programme and achieved a graded improvement in their Maths and English Language studies before being allowed to progress.
Passing this course is equivalent to gaining four GCSEs at grade 5/4 or above. Most students use this qualification as a basis to continue their studies. You could go on to a more advanced course such as the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in IT or follow an apprenticeship.
We have dedicated ICT teaching rooms with the latest 4K touch screens HD, iPads, laptops, Raspberry Pi's and Robots, as well as computers that are available in the Learning Centre, with flexible opening hours to enable students easy access to computers for independent study.
Please bring a USB Memory Stick. You can also purchase a textbook (optional).
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01884 235245 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 Level 2 BTEC Extended Certificate, 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 Level 2 BTEC Extended Certificate, 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.
Q: Are there any additional costs?
A: This course can be completed without a home computer, but having one would be very useful. A memory stick will allow you to transport your work to and from home. You will not be expected to buy any text books.