Computing: Level 2 Certificate in Information and Creative Technology (BTEC) at NESCOT
This course is designed to equip you with the skills required by employers in the workplace such as Web design, networking, mobile app development and computer hardware.
You will study the following core units:
- Unit 1: The online world
- Unit 2: Technology systems
- Unit 3: A digital portfolio.
You will also study a mix of further units, such as:
- Unit 8: Mobile apps development
- Unit 10: Database development
- Unit 11: Computer networks
- Unit 13: Website development
- Unit 14: Installing computer hardware
Units 1 and 2 are online tests which are marked externally. The remaining units are then assessed through coursework where you will produce a mixture of presentations, hands on practical tasks, reports, and written tasks.
Unit 1: The Online World
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.
Unit 2: Technology Systems
You will explore the common hardware components of technology systems and the internal building blocks of a computer like the processor, buses and memory. We will also cover aspects of networking.
Unit 3: A Digital Portfolio
You will learn how to create a digital portfolio that includes a series of web pages with links to content that you have created. You will learn how to make use of multimedia assets such as images, sound and video to make your portfolio appealing and engaging.
Unit 8: Mobile apps development
In this unit you will investigate the characteristics and uses of mobile apps, and learn how mobile apps are developed. Then you will design, develop, test and review your own mobile app. You may even be able to get it published on the internet and take pride in people using an app you made.
Unit 10: 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 be able to apply some of your findings to your own database solution.
Unit 11: Computer networks
In this unit, you will come to understand the features and uses of computer networks by exploring what networks are, as well as the different types of network and how they affect user experience. You will be able to apply some of your findings to your own computer network. You will also learn about the different hardware and software devices needed for networking, and how these can be combined to make a computer network.
Unit 13: Website development
In this unit, 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.
Unit 14: Installing and maintaining computer hardware
In this unit, you will develop an understanding of the benefits and implications of installing and maintaining hardware in technology systems. You will install and maintain hardware in a technology system. This will involve finding and repairing faults with the internal hardware components of a computer, such as the processor or internal bus, and upgrading other internal components, such as adding a network card or additional memory.
4 GCSEs at D or above including English and Maths or Level 1 Diploma plus English and Maths.
Assessment for the course consists of both coursework and external assessments. You will be fully supported and prepared by the teaching team to achieve the assessments through regular lessons, high grade workshops and revision sessions where required. In addition, our virtual learning environment (Weblearn) will have all the materials and information you will need to ensure you achieve the qualification.
Following successful completion of this course (Merit profile at level 2), you can progress on to Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in IT and Computing.
Potential career routes in the Computing industry:
- Audio visual technology
- Business administration
- Business management
- Customer service
- Data analyst
- Database programmer
- Games developer
- Network installation
- Security expert
- Software developer
- Support technician
- System analyst
- Web designer
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact NESCOT directly.