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Information Technology BTEC Level 2 First Diploma at Harlow College

Course description

This is a practical work-related course, with two externally assessed examinations. You will learn by completing assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. It introduces you to the employment area you have chosen and provides a good basis to go on to a more advanced work-related qualification.

Course content

Core modules
  • The Online World (external)
  • Technology systems (external)
  • Digital Portfolio
  • Computing in the Workplace
  • Multimedia Products Development
  • Computational Thinking
Optional modules
  • Database Development
  • Website Development
  • Computer Security in Practice
  • Creating Digital Graphics
  • Spreadsheet Development

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs Grades D and E or equivalent and minimum Level 1 diagnostic in Maths and English. A satisfactory pass at NVQ 1 or Introductory Diploma.


You will study three or four units each trimester. There will be two externally assessed unit examinations and the remaining units will be internally assessed. Each internal unit will be assessed through projects, assignments, presentations and observation of practical work. Throughout the programme, you will need to collect a portfolio of evidence showing how you have met the requirements of the program. Internal units are assessed and graded, added to the results of the examinations and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded.

Financial information

You will need to provide stationary, folder, text book and a USB memory stick. Textbooks to be confirmed at enrolment. You are welcome to bring your own laptop, tablet, smartphone or any other technology needed.

Future opportunities

Progress onto BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma IT (at least a Merit grade required) or employment/apprenticeship in IT

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 April 2016
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