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BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Information and Creative Technology at Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Course description

The course lasts one year and covers a wide range of areas within the field of computing. The course is divided up into 10 units, which are the online world, technology systems, computing in the workplace, computational thinking, multimedia products development, website development, installing and maintaining computer hardware, installing and maintaining computer software, software development and a digital portfolio.

As part of your study programme here at the College alongside your chosen course you will complete a maths and/or English qualification if you have not already achieved a grade C (5) or above. (This will be a GCSE for all students with a grade D (4)).

The study programme will also incorporate a range of work related experience activities to ensure that you have the breadth of skills required to progress to further/higher education, employment or an apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

Ideally you will need four GCSEs at grade D or above. A Merit grade in an appropriate BTEC Introductory Diploma is also acceptable. Achievement of an ITQ Level 1, DiDA Level 1 or equivalent is also acceptable.


You will be assessed through two examined units and other units involving a range of assignment tasks. These will be assessed against criteria to decide whether the work produced is of pass, merit or distinction level. At the end of the year you will be awarded a qualification grade based upon your achievement in all ten units, this can range between PP (Double Pass) and D*D* (Double Distinction*)

Financial information

Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances.

Future opportunities

On completion of this course you will be eligible to progress onto the BTEC Extended Diploma in IT (only if you achieve merit level or above on the BTEC First Diploma in Information & Creative Technology). The BTEC Extended Diploma in IT qualification will provide you with further experience of computing and provides an excellent point from which to launch your career or progress to university.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle-under-Lyme College directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2016
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