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Information and Creative Technology Extended Certificate Level 2 at Boston College

Course description

This course is designed to provide a specialist work-related qualification in IT. It will give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to progress to further education and training in the IT sector. The BTEC Level 2 Diploma in IT is broadly equivalent to 4 GCSEs.

Course content

This course consists of a number of units covering the following topics: 

- The online world* 
- Technology systems* 
- A digital portfolio* 
- Spreadsheet development 
- Computer networks 
- Software development 
- Website development 
- Automated computer systems 

*These modules are deemed compulsory by the examining body Edexcel. 

The course is delivered using a balance between practical and theory. E-learning, one-to-one support, individual learning plans, external visits, events and speakers are all included. 

The year is divided into two semesters and you will be expected to complete at least 4 units each semester. 

You will also study functional skills in English and Maths (unless previously attained) which are essential if you are wishing to continue in further or higher education or into employment. 

Other courses may be offered alongside this qualification such as IT Systems Support City and Guilds Award Level 1 and Employability Skills Award Level 2, which help develop and widen your knowledge and ensure the learning experience is diverse and exciting. 

We are one of the very few providers in the county to offer such a comprehensive programme.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades D or above (New GCSE grade - 3 or above) including English and Maths (or equivalent).


The course is assessed predominantly through coursework.  However, different lecturers may wish to introduce some exams or presentations to replicate experiences they will find on higher level courses or real life work. All units are internally assessed and graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction. 

Financial information

You will need to purchase pens, paper, educational visits, course specific materials and pay non-educational visits etc. 

Future opportunities

Successful completion of this course to a merit or distinction standard along with a good attendance record and positive reference from your tutor could lead to progression on to a Level 3 course. It could also lead to employment in IT or an Apprenticeship. 

Successful learners from previous cohorts have gone on to develop careers in the IT sector. From our 10/11 group 90% progressed to a Level 3 course, with the remaining students progressing to employment. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 February 2017

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