BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Information and Creative Technology
Creative digital skills are essential in almost every industry and business.
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This course focuses on the creative computer systems used in industry, such as robotics, video game creation, video editing, graphic design and animation techniques. Learn how a computer network is put together and build one to share files and play peer-to-peer games.
- Three GCSEs at grade D or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy
- Each application is considered on individual merit
- Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
- Successful completion of relevant Level 1 programme with a merit grade or above in addition to a successful decision from progression board meeting
- Two GCSEs at grade D or above (or evidence of improvement from internal GCSE assessments or Skills) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy
Main units include:
- The Online World – How do websites work? How do emails get to your computer? How does the use of computer applications affect your daily life? This unit introduces you to the modern online world. Starting with your own experiences, you will extend your knowledge of online services and investigate the technology and software that supports them.
- Technology Systems – Technology systems are involved in many of the objects we use every day, from laptop computers to smart phones. This unit provides a first look at how the main building blocks of technology systems work. You will explore the hardware components of technology systems, such as a touch screen and the internal building blocks of a modern computer like the CPU, graphics cards and memory.
- A Digital Portfolio – This unit is your chance to show off! A digital portfolio is an exciting onscreen way to showcase your achievements to potential employers or when applying for a course. You will learn how to make use of multimedia assets such as images, animation, games, sound and video to make your portfolio appealing and engaging.
- Multimedia Products Development – In this unit, you will understand how multimedia products are used and the typical features they contain. You will then design, develop and test your own computer game and animated presentation against a given brief.
Optional specialist units (subject to change) you can choose from, may include:
- Robotics (Automated Computer Systems) – Automated systems feature heavily in our technological lifestyles. We are surrounded by technology systems that monitor and perform activities on our behalf, from central heating controllers regulating our environment to robots exploring the universe. In this unit, you will investigate the characteristics of existing automated systems and using our state-of-the-art robotic kits, MBot Ranger, you will design, build and program an automated system.
- 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. Learn how a computer network is put together and build one to share files and play peer-to-peer games.
- Creating Digital Graphics – Graphics are used to communicate messages in every part of our lives, such as advertising, music, fashion, interior design and architecture. It is the job role of a graphic designer to create digital graphics that bring colour, information and interest to our lives for a wide range of industries. You will design, create and test graphic products in a similar way to how it is done in industry and be introduced to the technology and techniques used by professionals.
- Creating Digital Animation – How are the amazing visual effects in science fiction and fantasy films, and computer games, made? This unit provides you with an introduction to tools/techniques and processes that are used commercially when creating computer animation. Today modern animations are usually created using a computer. It is an exciting and fast moving area of creative technology that provides an opportunity to combine creative and technical computing skills, and is one in which the UK excels.
- Creating Digital Video -Video is one of the most powerful ways to convey a message in modern society and different types of video are transmitted worldwide. Learn how to use professional software to create short films using a mix of animation, special effects and music.
You may need to study an additional skills course depending on:
- the course you are taking at College
- what grades you gained in your GCSE Maths and/or English Language
Click below to find out what skills course you may be taking at College
Wales Essential Skills Toolkit (WEST) in upskilling / Lessons in Financial Education
Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.
- Continuous assessment during the course
- Portfolio of evidence
- Online examination
Successful completion of this course and progression to a higher level programme could lead to a number of future career opportunities including: IT Technician, Web Designer, Database Administrator, Network Engineer, IT Consultant, Multimedia Programmer, Computer Games Development, Office Equipment Technician, Animator, E-learning Developer, Technical Support, Software Tester, Cyber Security.
Progression is possible onto Level 3 courses in a related discipline such as the Level 3 Computing course. This course will enable students to enter employment at trainee level within a wide range of Information and Communication Technology environments.
- Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
- Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
- A memory stick/a small portable USB hard drive
- You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page
Any costs above are approximate and may change.