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Information and Creative Technology BTEC First Level 2 at Hackney Community College

Course description

Get the skills you need for further study or employment. Units cover graphics, computer systems, website design, databases, level 2 hardware and software. Most of our previous students progressed to a level 3 course in IT. This is a one year course.

Course content

The BTEC course is very “hands-on” and 80% of the teaching takes place in subject specific specialist laboratories. Functional Skills maths is taught in standard or IT classrooms. Cisco IT Essentials (Part 1) is taught in an IT classroom. You will learn by a combination of formal teaching in your specialist subjects as well as assessments, procedure and note taking. You will also have the opportunity to do presentations. Learning includes use of ICT in the classroom and, library use and answering questions from hand-outs and assignments. The one hour functional skills component will help you improve your maths over the year.

The course has approximately 15 hours teacher contact time per week over 4 days. You should expect to spend time an extra 5 hours a week on private study. Your teacher will set you regular assessments and set deadlines for you to hand them in. At other times we will expect you to be using a range of resources to reinforce and extend class work (e.g.) books, journals, CD ROMS, Internet and Intranet, etc.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade D or BTEC Level 1 qualification, plus a College interview and assessment.


It is assessed and graded internally by a combination of tests, specific unit assignments and IT practical work.

Financial information

·         16-18 year-olds do not have to pay tuition fees on FE courses

·         many 16-18 year-olds may be eligible to receive a bursary

·         many 16-18 year-olds can receive a Free College Meals pass (depending on eligibility)

·         Transport for London student travel cards are available.

·         Re-sits, CRB fees and other incidental costs are to be paid when due.

Future opportunities

Further education or employment.


Further information

Before you start your lessons, you’ll take part in induction sessions, where you’ll meet other students and find out all about the support that’s available to you. This includes learning about the Virtual Learning Environment, tutorials and the campus facilities. All students can receive free, confidential and impartial advice on things like: your next step in education or your career, finance, housing, health, immigration, benefit claims, legal problems, sexual health, drugs, staying safe, personal / emotional concerns and other issues.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 April 2016
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