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IT Level 2 Extended Certificate at North Lindsey College

Course description

The Level 2 Extended Certificate in Creative Computing is a practical, work related course that specialises in creative development using software. The course is designed to encourage learners to use Information and Creative Technology to present and manipulate information. They will acquire knowledge and understanding of the main features of ICT and develop an appreciation of the role played by ICT in society as a whole. Learners will complete projects and assignments that are based on realistic situations.

Course content

- The Online World: 
- In this unit you will research online services and online communication. You will investigate components of the internet and how digital devices exchange and store information and investigate issues with operating online. You will learn about a range of digital services including email, online data storage, smart appliances, search engines and blogging. This unit is externally assessed. 

-Technology Systems:
- In this unit you will understand how the components of technology systems work together and how data flows between internal components of a computer and is processed to provide information. You will use and understand different types of software including operating systems, utility and applications software. This unit is externally assessed.

- A Digital Portfolio:
- This unit is your chance to show off your computing skills! A digital portfolio is an exciting onscreen way to showcase the projects you have created and developed using your presentation skills. You will learn how to make use of multimedia assets such as images, sound and video to make your portfolio appealing and engaging.

- Creating Digital Animation:
- This unit provides you with an introduction to tools/techniques and processes that are used commercially when creating computer animations. In this unit you will gain an understanding of the applications and features of digital animation products. You will design and create a digital animation product. Your finished product will be tested and reviewed. 

- Database Development:
- In this unit you will investigate the features and uses of databases by exploring what they are and what you can do with them. You will design, develop and test a relational database. Once completed, you will review your database, having obtained feedback from others, and evaluate possible improvements.

- Software Development:
- In this unit, you will learn the rules of a programming language and how to write code to develop a successful program. You will design and develop your own software program to fulfil a brief. You will test your programs for functionality and purpose, and identify and repair faults. You will review your finished program, having obtained feedback from others, and evaluate possible improvements.

- Website Development:
- In this unit, you will investigate the features and uses of websites by exploring what they are and how their integrated components and applications interact with each other. You will also learn how to design, develop and test a website for a brief. Once this is completed you will review your website, having obtained feedback from others.

- Multimedia Products Development:
- When you play computer games, visit exhibitions, or go shopping online you will experience multimedia in action. In this unit, you will understand how multimedia products are used and the typical features they contain. You will use a range of software tools to be able to design and create your own multimedia products. 

Students will also work towards GCSE Maths and/or English alongside the course.

Entry requirements

The course is a progression route for Level 1 students. Applications are welcome from learners who have four GCSEs, at grade E or above, including Maths or English at grades A - C. An IT related Level 1 qualification is preferable. 

Assessment

The majority of units are assessed through assignment work. Learners will be awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction depending on the depth and quality of the work produced. Two units are externally assessed.
Maths and English subjects will have formal exams.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the Level 2 Extended Certificate and GCSE Maths and English, learners can progress on to the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Computing or other related Level 3 programmes.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 May 2016

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