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Information and Creative Technology (BTEC Level 2)

(Certificate and Extended Certificate) NC311

BTEC First


Level 2 First Certificate/Extended Certificate

Course Summary

This one year course combines IT theory with practical development of your creative skills and technical skills as a user of ICT.

The BTEC Extended Certificate at Level 2 is equivalent to 3 GCSEs at grade C or above, and the BTEC Certificate at Level 2 is equivalent in 2 GCSEs at grade C or above.


Achieving a BTEC First qualification in I&CT should help you to progress to an Level 3 course at College depending on the grade you achieve. This course is well suited for students who wish to progress onto a BTEC Level 3 course such as Software Development, or onto an A Level course such as Computing. If you choose to go into a job, this course has clear links to careers in computing, business administration or trainee management.

Many New College Level 3 courses also require GCSE grade C in English and Maths. This course structure provides sufficient time for you to study GCSE qualification alongside it should you need to. If you are studying for both Maths and English, you are advised to select the BTEC First Certificate I&CT which will allow you more time to devote to these other important qualifications.

Entry requirements

You need to have GCSE grade 3 in English, and GCSE grade 4 Maths or GCSE grade 3 in Maths, and GCSE grade 4 English minimum. Also you should have an interest in Information Technology and the use of computers as tools to solve a range of problems.

*Please note that these entry grade requirements may be different to those published in the 2020 prospectus. Grade requirements as detailed here and on the website should always be used as the most accurate and up-to-date ones.

Course content

The units you will study depend on whether you enrol on the Certificate or Extended Certificate.

The units include:

  • The Online World

  • Technology Systems

  • Digital Graphics

  • Spreadsheets

  • Digital Animation

  • Web Development (double unit)

  • Software Development through programming (double unit)

  • Multimedia (double unit)

  • Digital Portfolio

Work Experience

This course does not contain a specific work experience component, but has other activities to help you develop employability skills. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies our Employability Team can help.

Timings and Assessments

The College allocation for this course is 12 hours per week for the Extended Certificate or 8 hours per week for the Certificate.

The compulsory theory units of the course are assessed by external onscreen tests under exam conditions.

The remaining practical units are assessed internally, and you will use a variety of software, multimedia tools and techniques to develop an electronic portfolio for each unit. These will be used to assess the standard you have reached.

For the Extended Certificate you must complete all twelve units, and for the Certificate you must complete eight units.


The Computing department is located on the first floor of the main building and includes 8 computer rooms as well as other pleasant and well-equipped rooms. There is also an excellent Library and an Open Learning Centre.

In addition to PCs, you will be using a wide range of other hardware, including printers, scanners, digital cameras, and sound- and video-recording equipment.

Costs and Resources

This course is free to students aged 16-18 years.

All necessary textbooks and assignment sheets will be provided, but it will be beneficial to buy the course text book. You need to provide your own writing tools such as pens, pencils, rubber and ruler.

You are strongly advised to purchase your own computer storage devices (such as a portable hard drive, or pen drive which is recommended) so that you can back up your work and take it to and from College.

All students are given a College printer allowance. You may need to purchase extra print credit during the year.


For further information concerning this course, please contact:

Roger Francis, Course Leader - Roger.francis@newcollege.ac.uk

For general enquiries please contact - enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk

Further Information

You will be required to gather information to support your learning. This may involve visits to local shops or businesses, as well as collecting information from friends and family.

Your own experience of work can be helpful in providing information for the course.

  • Venue: QD
  • Course Code: NC311
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