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IT BTEC level 2 Extended Certificate at St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College

Course description

An ability to work with information and communication technologies is as essential to education, life and workplace success as ‘reading, writing and arithmetic’. No matter your pathway in life, ICT will open new doors to enjoyment, enlightenment and employment, and ICT students are better prepared for a digitally enhanced, globally competitive world.

A dynamic discipline in its own right, ICT teaches transferable skills which link closely to, and increase performance levels within, other subjects, and will be an asset to you throughout your time at college and beyond. When 3 out of the top 4 jobs available to university graduates are based within the ICT industry why would you choose any other subject?

Course content

Units

1         The Online World External

2         Technology Systems External 30

3         A Digital Portfolio Internal 30

5          Creating Digital Audio

8          Mobile App Development

9          Spreadsheet Development

10         Database Development

13         Website Development

17         Multimedia Products Development

Entry requirements

Four D grades or equivalent.

Ideally, this qualification is open to anyone who has a Grade D in GCSE ICT already. However, it is important to have the ability to use spreadsheets, databases and word processing packages.

Most students completing this course are looking to gain at least 5 A-Cs at GCSE in order to follow a Level 3 programme the subsequent year.

Assessment

The key to success (for this course) is the practical application of your understanding of the subject to real life situations. The desire to progress onto Level 3 is as important as developing your ICT skills and knowledge.

Units 1 and 2 are examined units and the rest of the assessment is through coursework. However, this will be evidenced in a variety of different ways. Feedback will be given on all tasks within the coursework units and students are allowed one chance to re-submit.

Future opportunities

ICT careers include:

  • Computer Programmers
  • Web Designers
  • Project Managers
  • Social Media Managers
  • Social Community Managers
  • Security/Networking Analysts
  • Technology Support
  • Mobile Application Developers
  • Technical Trainers/Managers
  • Digital Specialists
  • Web Development Specialists

This course is designed to be generic enough for those learners who essentially wish to pursue a career in an Information and Communication Technology related field. However, the main focus of this course is designed to prepare learners to progress onto Level 3 Information and Communication Technology, it does also enable learners to progress onto other subjects at BTEC Level 3, or indeed, A Levels.

The transferable skills developed whilst studying ICT include problem solving, project management, creative thinking, the capacity for independent enquiry and team working.

Further information

There are three dedicated ICT rooms with wireless internet access, printing facilities, interactive smartboards and projectors. In addition many lessons will make use of mobile technology in the form of laptops, tablets and smartphones.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2016
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