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Information Technology Btec First Award Level 2 at Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form

Course description

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Information and Creative Technology is a vocationally related qualification, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. These skills include: teamwork, working from a prescribed brief, working to deadlines, presenting information effectively and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes. Learners must complete Unit 3, and either Unit 1 or Unit 2, all three being externally assessed. They also complete a third internally assessed unit.


The Online World - This unit is externally assessed under examination conditions using an onscreen test. Edexcel sets and marks the test.
Content: This unit will help you understand the main technologies and processes behind the internet and investigate how they come together to let you view websites and send information across the world. You will explore a range of digital devices, such as smart phones and digital music players and consider the technology that enables these devices to share and exchange information.
A Digital Portfolio - This unit is your chance to show off! A digital portfolio to showcase your achievements to potential employers or when applying for a course.
Content:It is all about: ● The projects you have created and developed ● Your use of communication and presentation skills ● Your capabilities and potential.
Creating Digital Graphics - Content: Investigate a range of applications and features of existing graphic products and consider their audience and purpose. You will design, create and test graphic products in a similar way to how it is done in industry and be introduced to the technology and techniques used by professionals.

Future opportunities

Completion of the course with a merit grade at level 2 will allow students to progress on to the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in IT.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2016
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    • If you are looking to join an excellent Sixth Form where you will achieve good results and have a great time too, Ferndown Upper School is the place for you!

      At Ferndown Upper School we believe that all Sixth Formers are entitled to a full range of activities that include the opportunity to:

      • Participate in main school life and run their own Student Union which organises social events, parties, charity fundraising and improvements to the college block.
      • Enjoy music and sports.
      • Receive clear guidance on future work options and applications to university.

      Every student’s future is important to us, therefore we organise dedicated sessions to provide detailed information on all option choices after Sixth Form. Our Head of Year 13 is also the UCAS co-ordinator at FUS and arranges workshops for students to guide them through the application process to gain entry to university, apprenticeships or employment.

      Furthermore, to ensure that we are offering the best educational and pastoral support, each student is linked to a tutor who will guide them through Sixth Form and will monitor their progress through regular academic mentoring sessions. The tutor is the first contact for students and parents for information and guidance. Tutors can arrange career appointments in school, set in motion information requests to subjects to check academic progress and can organise meetings between students, subject staff and parents.

      The Sixth Form is very much a social community and relations between students and teachers are relaxed and friendly. No two experiences of the Sixth Form are the same, but everyone has much to gain and much to contribute.

      We welcome committed students with ambition. Our most gifted and talented students often progress to the country’s top universities and training establishments, and to promote this students are encouraged to take part in mock interviews with local dignitaries. Our emphasis on taking control and becoming independent learners and thinkers promotes personal growth in all our students. The student community that results is distinctly colourful and energetic.