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Digital Skills Development Level 2 - BTEC First Certificate in Information and Creative Technology

BTEC Level 2 First Certificate

This course is about making information technology and creative technology-based products. You will learn to use a computer to create graphics, spread sheets, web pages and mobile applications. Your knowledge of computer technology and the online world will be assessed by online examinations. You will also build up a web-based portfolio demonstrating your creative skills in computing.

Description

Introduction to Computer Systems: This unit teaches you about the hardware and software in computer systems. Hardware covers devices such as printers and cameras and software is applications such as Word and Call of Duty. You will understand that different people have different needs, for example a student at University may only need a cheap laptop whereas a Video Editor working from home would need a very powerful machine. You will learn how to use a computer safely and store your work securely. Using ICT to Present Information: This unit teaches you about two different programs you will use regularly: Word and PowerPoint. You will learn how to present information clearly taking into account the expected audience and how the document will be used. The skills learnt in this unit will be invaluable in any future course or job. ICT Graphics: Electronic pictures are now an everyday part of our lives. Digital cameras are everywhere - many of us have them built in to our phones or buy them relatively cheaply. Colour printers and easy to use software mean we can all create, edit and print interesting pictures. You will learn how to use software to create and modify graphic images. Mobile Communication: This unit looks at wireless connections such as mobile phone networks, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. You have probably used these even though you may not understand how they work. More and more people are using these helpful devices and your skills will help you to use them to maximum effect and help others with them either at home or at work. Web Development: The Internet is now an important part of most people's lives. This unit teaches you how to make web pages and web sites. The use of text, colour, pictures, links and many other features is covered in detail. Each Learner will create a web site based on an imaginary local business. Of course you can then use these skills to create a real web site.. Developing Computer Games: This unit will give you the opportunity to design a simple game and acquire the skills in testing and documenting computer games. Communicating and Working in the IT Industry: To ensure that you know about available jobs in the IT Industry and how to get them. You will learn how to communicate effectively, eg podcasting, blogs and cloud computing. Opportunity to take GCSE English and / or Maths. 

Teaching

The course is taught in a class setting through a combination of lectures, workshops, tutorials, practical exercises, project work and group work.

Entry Requirements

An intermediate course suitable for those who have at least 4 GCSEs at grade D or grade 3 including Maths and English or a relevant/equivalent Level 1 qualification. This could be a BTEC Introductory Diploma, a City and Guilds qualification, an NVQ Level 1, a GNVQ Foundation or relevant work experience.

Interview Process

Interview with specialist tutor.

Questions & Answers

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed via tutor-led internal assessment throughout the course using assignments and external assessment in the form of onscreen multiple choice tests. All the units are graded as pass, merit, distinction or distinction* with a system of points adding up to create an overall grade for the course

Are there any opportunities for progression?

This qualification will provide employment opportunities in areas such as, systems support, network design and technical support services. Progression opportunities include Level 3 System Support or Computer Games Development.

Functional Skills

Yes

Support

Before Enrolment

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During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

Home Educated Young People

Young people aged 14-16 who are home educated can now access college courses free of charge to enhance their education. If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities available please contact the School Liaison Team on 01422 399332.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2017
  • Hours per week: 16 hours per week
  • Days: Monday to Thursday
  • Start Time: 9.00 am
  • End Time: 5.00 pm
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course Fees: This course is free for students age 16 - 18. For students 19+ please contact our Student Services Team In most cases students aged 18 and under who wish to enrol on a full time further education course will have their fees waived. Students who are aged 19 and over and who wish to enrol on a full time course should contact our Student Services Team on 01422-399367 for more information.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: Creative, Digital and Enterprise
  • Department Manager: Robin Smith

Qualifications

  • Level: Level 2
  • Qualification Name: BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Information and Creative Technology
  • Awarding Body: EDEXCEL

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