This course is suitable for students who don’t qualify for Level 3 (A Level equivalent) courses. 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.
The 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.
BTEC Level 2 ICT course goes well with any of the other BTEC Level 2 courses.
On completion of this one year course, it may be possible to progress to:
Provided students meet the course entry requirements.
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.
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.
All students need to gain an experience of the work place during their time at College and for students studying vocational courses it should ideally be linked to one of their subject areas.
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.
In order to study this course, students will need a minimum of four GCSEs or equivalent at Grade 3 or above and a satisfactory school reference.
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 through coursework and an online tests
- 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 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.