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Information and Creative Technology BTEC Extended Certificate Level 2 at PETROC

Course description

IT skills are your passport to a wide range of career options. The Level 2 Diploma covers all aspects of computing and covers practical skills and knowledge of underlying technologies. This course can give you specialist work relevant IT skills in many aspects of computing including units on computer hardware, programming, website design and knowledge of underlying principles of the internet.

Course content

You'll study a wide range of optional and core units which will develop the skills and knowledge needed for the IT industry. Topics you may cover include; Creating Digital Graphics, Database Development, Website Design, Game Design, Technology Systems and The Online World to name but a few.

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold 4 GCSEs at grade D or equivalent or above, to preferably include GCSE Maths at grade 3 or above and GCSE English Language at grade 3 or above.
Entrants holding a grade 2 or a 3 in GCSE Maths will study towards GCSE Maths to gain grade 4 or above. Those with a grade 1 or below will study Level 1 Functional Skills Maths and retake GCSE Maths in the following year.

Entrants holding a grade 2 or a 3 in GCSE English Language will study towards GCSE English Language to gain grade 4 or above. Those with a grade 1 or below will study the Level 1 Functional Skills English and retake GCSE in the following year. 

At the end of the year all learners are expected to have completed and achieved all the components of their Level 2 Study Programme and achieved a graded improvement in their Maths and English Language studies before being allowed to progress.


There are written assignments to be handed in for each of the units. These will be prepared on word processing software. All units are assessed and graded by your lecturers. Your work will have to meet the mark criteria laid down by the examinations board. Some of the marks will be checked by the exam board. An overall grade is awarded, which may be Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Financial information

Q. Are there any additional costs?
A. This course can be completed without a home computer, but having one would be very useful. A memory stick will allow you to transport your work to and from home. You will not be expected to buy any text books.

Future opportunities

Passing this course is equivalent to gaining four GCSEs at grade C or above. Most students use this Diploma as a basis to continue their studies. You could go on to a more advanced course such as the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in IT or follow an apprenticeship.

Further information

We have dedicated ICT teaching rooms, iPads, laptops, Raspberry Pi's and Robots as well as computers available in the Learning Centre with flexible opening hours to enable students easy access to computers for independent study.

Q. Will this qualification give me the practical skills to apply for work?
A. Yes. However, you must remember that IT jobs have a lot of applicants, and after completing the BTEC First Diploma, you may well be advised to study for a higher qualification if you want a career in IT.

Q. Will this qualification enable me to progress further with my education?
A. Yes. Once you have completed the BTEC First Diploma, you will be able to apply for Level 3 qualifications (A Levels or equivalent courses).

Q. Will I get help if I have trouble with my reading and writing?
A. Yes. The College allocates extra time to support students with reading and writing difficulties. There is also extra support available if your Maths could do with improvement.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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