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ICT Level 2 Qualification (Level 1&2) at New College Swindon

Course description

This one year course combines IT theory with practical development of your creative skills and technical skills as a user of ICT.


The BTEC Extended Certificate at level 2 is equivalent to 3 GCSEs at grade C or above, and the BTEC Certificate at level 2 is equivalent in 2 GCSEs at grade C or above.

Course content

The units you will study depend on whether you enrol on the Certificate or Extended Certificate.

The units include:

  • The Online World                                     
  • Technology Systems
  • Digital Graphics
  • Spreadsheets
  • Digital Animation
  • Mobile App Development (Double)
  • Web Development (double unit) 
  • Software Development through programming (double unit)
  • Multimedia (Double unit)
  • Digital Portfolio


Entry requirements

You need to have two GCSE grade Ds or above, including English Language, and you should have an interest in Information Technology and the use of computers as tools to solve a range of problems.  The other route is through an internal recommendation upon successful completion of the level 1 Diploma in IT User Skills course.


The 2 compulsory theory units of the course are assessed by external onscreen tests under exam conditions.  The remaining practical units are assessed internally, and you will use a variety of software, multimedia tools and techniques to develop an electronic portfolio for each unit. These will be used to assess the standard you have reached.

Future opportunities

Achieving a BTEC First qualification in I&CT should help you to progress to a level 3 course at College depending on the grade you achieve.  This course is well suited for students who wish to progress onto a BTEC Level 3 course such as Games Production or Software development, or onto an A level course such as ICT or Computing.  If you choose to go into a job, this course has clear links to careers in computing, business administration or trainee management.


Many New College Level 3 courses also require GCSE grade C in English and Maths.  This course structure provides sufficient time for you to study GCSE qualification alongside it should you need to.  If you are studying for both Maths and English, you are advised to select the BTEC First Certificate in I&CT which will allow you more time to devote to these other important qualifications.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Swindon directly.

Last updated date: 28 April 2016

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