BTEC Level 2 Award in Information and Creative Technology

Overview

The BTEC Level 2 Award in Information and Creative Technology (ICT) has been developed to inspire and enthuse students to become technology savvy and to become producers of technology and computer-based products and systems, rather than just end users. This involves students creating technology-based products or systems. 
 
This course is intended for students who are interested in developing a career in IT and has a strong emphasis on website and multimedia production development. The Award is assessed internally by coursework assignments and externally by onscreen tests.
 
The BTEC Level 2 in ICT is offered at Award Level and is equivalent to one GCSE.
 

What goes well with this course?

BTEC Level 2 ICT course goes well with any of the other BTEC Level 2 courses. 

Progression

On completion of this one year course, it may be possible to progress to:

Provided students meet the course entry requirements.

Course Content

Students will use the knowledge gained to:

Understand how the internet and web works
Focus on hardware devices which combine to create a technology system
Collect content for a digital portfolio
Design and create a website using a client brief
Design and create a multimedia product
Design and create an animation product
 
The course will involve a lot of "hands on" practical work with computers. Students must prove their ability to communicate in various ways and demonstrate professionalism in an IT setting. This will be something that they demonstrate throughout the units of study.
 
In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

BTEC Level 2 Award ICT students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In the last couple of years, these have included:

  • A range of guest speakers from universities and industry.

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s:

Activities Programme and Guest Speaker Programme.

Assessment

The course is assessed internally on the basis of student portfolios and externally via an onscreen test. The Award consists of three portfolio units, plus one onscreen test.
 
The programme of study is varied and is designed to prepare students for the tasks they might face in an IT-related job. Students will learn by completing projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands, and will build up a portfolio of evidence from the various activities they carry out.
 
A lot of the evidence will be written, but it will take a variety of forms, such as storyboards, annotated web pages, test plans, product review reports, reports for managers, posters and presentation handouts. A number of tasks will be assessed on the basis of observations of what the student has produced as part of a unit. In these cases the teacher will provide appropriate evidence such as observation sheets and witness statements.
 

The exam board for this BTEC Level 2 Award is Pearson BTEC.

Entry Requirements

Students need an average of Grade 3 over their four best subjects at GCSE (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on a Level 3 programme.

In addition, students must have at least basic IT skills (such as being able to use Microsoft Word and PowerPoint competently). They do not need to have studied IT, but must be competent at producing written work.

Students will enjoy this course if they:

  • Are interested in computers and may well be thinking of a career in IT
  • Are happy to be assessed purely through coursework and can organise their time to meet deadlines and respond to feedback
  • Want to learn how IT affects society
  • Wish to develop skills such as document design, programming and web design
  • Are hard working with a desire to progress further in the IT professions

A strong interest in the subject and a good understanding of Mathematics and competence in English is absolutely essential. Applicants need to be aware that this is a technical subject rather than a general IT skills qualification.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the BTEC Level 2 Award in Information & Creative Tecnology information leaflet.

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