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Creative Computing BTEC L2 Diploma at North Lindsey College

Course description

The Level 2 Diploma for Computing is designed to encourage learners to use Information and Communication Technology to present and manipulate information. They will acquire knowledge and understanding of the main features of Information and Creative Technologies and develop an appreciation of the role played by Digital Technology in society as a whole. Learners will complete projects and assignments that are based on realistic Digital Technology situations.

Course content

- The Online World: 
You will research online services and online communication, and investigate components of the internet and how digital devices exchange and store information and investigate issues with operating online. You will learn about a range of digital services including email, online data storage, smart appliances, search engines and blogging. This unit is externally assessed. 

- Technology Systems:
You will understand how the components of technology systems work together and how data flows between internal components of a computer and is processed to provide information. You will use and understand different types of software including operating systems, utility and applications software. This unit is externally assessed.

A Digital Portfolio 
This unit is your chance to show off your computing skills! A digital portfolio is an exciting onscreen way to showcase the projects you have created and developed using your presentation skills. You will learn how to make use of multimedia assets such as images, sound and video to make your portfolio appealing and engaging.

- Creating Digital Animation: 
This unit is an introduction to tools/techniques and processes that are used commercially when creating computer animations. In this unit you will gain an understanding of the applications and features of digital animation products. You will design and create a digital animation product. Your finished product will be tested and reviewed. 

- Mobile Apps Development:: 
In this unit you will understand the characteristics and uses of mobile apps. You will design, develop and test a mobile app and review the finished product. You may even be able to get it published on the internet and take pride in people using an app you made.

- Database Development: 
In this unit you will investigate the features and uses of databases by exploring what they are and what you can do with them. You will design, develop and test a relational database. Once completed, you will review your database, having obtained feedback from others, and evaluate possible improvements.

- Software Development: 
You will learn the rules of a programming language and how to write code to develop a successful program. You will design and develop your own software program to fulfil a brief. You will test your programs for functionality and purpose, and identify and repair faults. You will review your finished program, having obtained feedback from others, and evaluate possible improvements.

- Website Development: 
You will investigate the features and uses of websites by exploring what they are and how their integrated components and applications interact with each other. You will also learn how to design, develop and test a website for a brief. Once this is completed you will review your website, having obtained feedback from others.

- Multimedia Products Development: 

When you play computer games, visit exhibitions, or go shopping online you will experience multimedia in action. In this unit, you will understand how multimedia products are used and the typical features they contain. You will use a range of software tools to be able to design and create your own multimedia products. 

- Computational Thinking: 
In this unit you will understand some of the mathematical methods, such as Boolean operations and functions, that underpin computational thinking skills used to solve problems. You will use computational thinking, underpinned by mathematical methods, to solve a problem.

- Computing in the Workplace: 
In this unit you will understand and demonstrate the personal characteristics valued by employers in the workplace. You will prepare an application for an IT/computing job role and understand how social media and communication technologies are used in the workplace and to improve the delivery of a project.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcome from learners who have four GCSEs at grades A to E, including Maths or English at grade A - C. An IT-related Level 1 qualification is also preferable. 

Students without a GCSE at grade C or above in English or Maths will work towards achieving this as part of the programme of study.

Progressing learners, who have met their personal targets, will be considered.

Assessment

The majority of units are assessed through assignment work. Learners will be awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction depending on the depth and quality of the work produced. Two units are externally assessed. You will receive verbal and formal feedback from your tutors.
GCSEs and functional skills English and Maths will have formal exams.

Future opportunities

With further training or study, learners can go into careers such as trainee IT support officer or technician.

On successful completion of the Level 2 Diploma learners can progress on to the Level 3 Diploma in Computing or other related Level 3 programmes.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 May 2016

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