Information and Creative Technology - BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate


About the course

BTEC First in Information and Creative Technology provide a practical, real-world approach to learning and develop specific knowledge and skills learners need to work successfully in the industry, such as:

  • Understanding the online world, services and communication, and the impact it has on business, social networking and online security.
  • Developing technical skills by learning about hardware, software, networking and data and the relationship between them all.
  • Using creative, communication and presentation skills when designing and producing a digital portfolio.

You will need:

  • Grade 3 in GCSE Maths
  • Alternatively you'll need a BTEC Introductory Diploma with Merit or above, including Functional Skills at Level 1.
  • Relevant employment experience will also be considered.
  • You'll also have your communication skills assessed at a formal interview prior to full enrolment.

The course is designed to help you develop a range of skills, personal qualities and attitudes for successful performance in a range of IT roles.

The Extended Certificate is divided into:

  • Three core and mandatory units: The Online World; Technology Systems; and A Digital Portfolio
  • Six optional specialist units:  Creating Digital Animation; Creating Digital Graphics; Spreadsheet Development; Database Development; Website Development; and Multimedia Products Development

The Edexcel BTEC First Certificate and Extended Certificate in Information and Creative Technology include two externally assessed units with exams in The Online World and Technology Systems.

The assessment approach for the internally assessed units in the qualification structure is done through coursework which enables learners to receive feedback on their progress throughout the course as they provide evidence towards meeting the unit assessment criteria.

Support progression to a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic computing course, or to an Information Technology apprenticeship

Give learners the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment within a wide range of junior job roles across the Information Technology sector and some aspects of the creative industries. Junior job roles include: Software Engineer, Website Content Manager, Computer Animator, Help Desk Support and Graphic Designer.

The teachers here are so helpful and passionate about what they do

Patricia Mbata

Patricia Mbata

Subjects: BTEC Extended Diploma in Business

Destination: Project management apprenticeship at Phoenix, an IT consultancy for law firms based in the City of London.

She said: “The teachers at the Centre for Business, Arts and Technology are so helpful and passionate about what they do whether you are studying accounting or business. They want to push you so that you can achieve your potential and they don’t want you to fail.”

Course information

Start date
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09 September 2019

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Course level
Level 2
Course code
Start date
End date
35 Weeks
Business, Arts and Technology
Class Type
Full time
Student Type
School Leavers

All full-time courses are FREE to UK and EU residents aged 16-18 on 31 August in their first year of study.

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