IT BTEC Extended Certificate (Level 2)

The BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in IT is a recognised ICT qualification which focuses on the practical application of technology and is designed to stimulate your creativity and develop real-world, practical skills that will underpin your learning across a wide range of subjects.  It is a modern qualification for this dynamic subject and aims to give you the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to prepare you for employment.

What will I study?

Unit 1:  Communicating in the IT Industry

Unit Outcomes:

1. Be able to communicate information to suit audience, purpose and content.

2. Be able to use IT tools to communicate and exchange information.

3. Understand the impact of IT on individuals, communities and society.

Unit 2:  Working in the IT Industry

Unit Outcomes:

1. Know the characteristics that are valued by employers in the IT industry.

2. Know the common job rules undertaken by people working in the IT industry.

Unit 7:  Installing Computer Hardware

Unit Outcomes:

1. Know the reasons for and implications of installing hardware components.

2. Understand risks involved and precautions needed when installing hardware components.

3. Be able to install and test hardware components.

4. Be able to document an installation or upgrade.

Unit 23:  Computer Graphic

Unit Outcomes:

1. Know the hardware and software required to work with computer graphics

2. Be able to create computer graphics to meet a user need

3. Be able to use computer graphics to enhance a document.

What are the entry requirements?

You should have achieved a good range of GCSEs (or equivalent) mainly at grades D and E.

What skills do I need?

Self-motivated – as a large part of the course is based on practical work where meeting deadlines is vital.

An interest and enthusiasm for computers is a must.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught by individual specialist teachers.  The teaching is practically based using current software and high specification technology.  Each lesson will have a mix of teacher input and extensive student practical time.

How is the course assessed?

The course consists of 4 units and you will be assessed on the basis of a portfolio of work for each unit, made up of a set of assignments.  The number of assignments may vary

between modules.  These assignments are marked internally and then externally moderated by the examination board.

What will the course prepare me for?

Knowledge and skills in ICT will provide you with a wide range of career options, as well as a progression into further and higher education.  The BTEC Extended Certificate also provides a route into advanced level courses such as AS ICT and BTEC Level 3 and will provide you with effective skills for the study of a wide range of other subjects.

Private study

As an approximate guideline the BTEC level 2 Extended Certificate in IT requires 4 hours of independent study per week.

What materials will I need to purchase?

Not applicable.

Examining Board

EDEXCEL