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Information & Creative Technology BTEC First Extended Certificate Level 2 at PETROC

Course description

IT skills are your passport to a wide range of career options. The Level 2 Diploma covers all aspects of computing and covers practical skills and knowledge of underlying technologies. This course can give you specialist work-relevant IT skills in many aspects of computing, including units on computer hardware, programming, website design and knowledge of underlying principles of the internet.

Course content

You will study nine units on a variety of topics. For most units there will be three or four assignments.

  • Online World (externally assessed): Extend your knowledge of the main technologies and processes which make the internet work.
  • Technology Systems (externally assessed): Extend your knowledge of the hardware and software components which make up a range of technology systems.
  • Digital Portfolio: Create an exciting and dynamic showcase for your achievements on the course.
  • Creating Digital Graphics: Investigate the use of digital graphics, learn new skills using two industry standard graphical packages and then design and create your own graphic images.
  • Spreadsheet Development: Create your own spreadsheet to demonstrate advanced skills and meet specified user requirements.
  • Software Development: Learn the fundamentals of programming and create your own program using Visual Basic.
  • Website Development: Investigate a wide variety of website components and then develop an effective website to meet user requirements.
  • Creating Digital Animations: Learn the fundamentals of animation and create your own animation using industry standard software.
  • Installing and Maintaining Computer Hardware: Understand the benefits of maintaining hardware and carry out practical maintenance activities.

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold 4 GCSEs at grade D or equivalent or above, to preferably include GCSE Maths at grade 3 or above and GCSE English Language at grade 3 or above.
Entrants holding a grade 2 or a 3 in GCSE Maths will study towards GCSE Maths to gain grade 4 or above. Those with a grade 1 or below will study Level 1 Functional Skills Maths and retake GCSE Maths in the following year.

Entrants holding a grade 2 or a 3 in GCSE English Language will study towards GCSE English Language to gain grade 4 or above. Those with a grade 1 or below will study the Level 1 Functional Skills English and retake GCSE in the following year. 

At the end of the year all learners are expected to have completed and achieved all the components of their Level 2 Study Programme and achieved a graded improvement in their Maths and English Language studies before being allowed to progress.


There are written assignments to be handed in for each of the units. These will be prepared on word processing software. All units are assessed and graded by your lecturers. Your work will have to meet the mark criteria laid down by the examinations board. Some of the marks will be checked by the exam board. An overall grade is awarded, which may be Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Financial information

Q. Are there any additional costs?
A. This course can be completed without a home computer, but having one would be very useful. A memory stick will allow you to transport your work to and from home. You will not be expected to buy any text books.

Future opportunities

Most students use this qualification as a basis for further study. You could go on to a more advanced course such as the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Information Technology, A Levels or follow an apprenticeship/employment route.

Further information

You will be taught mostly in computing rooms, equipped with modern networked PCs. Each student will have the use of their own PC. For the theory parts of the course, you may occasionally be taught in a standard classroom.

Q. Will this qualification give me the practical skills to apply for work?

A. Yes. However, you must remember that IT jobs have a lot of applicants, and after completing the BTEC First Diploma, you may well be advised to study for a higher qualification if you want a career in IT.

Q. Will this qualification enable me to progress further with my education?
A. Yes. Once you have completed the BTEC First Diploma, you will be able to apply for Level 3 qualifications (A Levels or equivalent courses).

Q. Will I get help if I have trouble with my reading and writing?
A. Yes. The College allocates extra time to support students with reading and writing difficulties. There is also extra support available if your maths could do with improvement.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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