Award in Information and Creative Technology - Level 2

Course aims

The course has been developed to:

  • Inspire and enthuse learners to become technology savvy – producers of technology products and systems and not just consumers
  • Give learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the Information Technology sector and some aspects of the creative industries e.g. electronic publishing or multimedia production
  • Explore the fundamentals of technology and gain the practical skills, knowledge and understanding to design, make and review
    • Information technology systems and products, e.g. online services
    • Creative technology products, e.g. a digital animation
    • Products that combine information technology and creative technology, e.g. a digital portfolio

Course length

120 guided learning hours, at 5 hours per week over 24 academic weeks. You’ll also be expected to spend 2 to 3 hours per week undertaking further study at home, practicing the skills you have gained, completing assignments and homework.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who would like to develop a career in the creative industries using technology. The course will give learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the Information Technology sector and some aspects of the creative industries e.g. electronic publishing or multimedia production.

Will I gain any qualifications?

Yes. You will gain, Pearson BTEC First Award in Information and Creative Technology Level 2. Certification may show a grade of Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction or Level 2 Distinction*. If these are not achieved a Level 1 or Unclassified grade may be awarded..

Do I need any prior knowledge, skills or qualifications?

No previous IT qualification is needed, but you will need to be able to use a computer competently unaided and have English and maths to at least level 1 standard.

Course content

You will study the following units:

Unit 1: The Online World

In this unit you will:

  1. investigate online services and online communication
  2. investigate components of the internet and how digital devices exchange and store information
  3. investigate issues with operating online. 

Unit 3: A Digital Portfolio

In this unit you will:

  1. design a digital portfolio
  2. create and test a digital portfolio
  3. review the digital portfolio.

Unit 4: Creating Digital Animation

In this unit you will:

  1. understand the applications and features of digital animation products
  2. design a digital animation product
  3. create, test and review a digital animation product.

Unit 7: Creating Digital Video

In this unit you will:

  1. understand the applications and features of digital video products
  2. design a digital video product
  3. create, test and review a digital video product.

What could this course lead to?

Following completion of the course you may be able to progress on to a level 3 IT qualification e.g. BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Computing for Creative Industries, Diploma for IT Users (ITQ) Level 3, or ECDL Level 3. It will also help you in seeking employment in a related creative industries e.g. electronic publishing or multimedia production

How will I learn?

Learning will take place initially in a classroom environment and then may move online from your home using Birmingham Adult Education Services Virtual Learning Environment (VLE - Moodle) which is a secure online tool to support you with your studies. It has been designed to complement teaching and offers a flexible addition to studying with us. Various other tools like Microsoft Teams, Zoom & Padlet will be used to enhance teaching & learning.

You will be able to access resources, engage in online activities, study independently, and participate in group discussions with your teacher. You will record your own progress and have your work checked regularly throughout the course.

Once you are enrolled your teacher will provide you with an enrolment key and show you how to access the resource.

What materials or equipment will I need to provide?

You will need to have access at home to:

  • A laptop, computer which is connected to the internet
  • Microsoft Office 365 which we will provide for free when you enrol on one of our courses
  • Access online and or download course specific software
  • Notepad and pen – you will need to take notes during the online sessions and a folder to store hand-outs and completed exercises

What we require of you as a learner?

• Regular attendance is essential for you to succeed
• You will be expected to attend the full course and produce final assessments
• Work at home will need to be completed punctually and sent to your teacher for marking
• You will need to ensure that you allow sufficient time for self-study and complete any homework set

Useful website(s)

Pearson website: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/information-and-creative-technology-2012-nqf.html

Support if you are registered unemployed, looking for a job or a better job – Route to Work

As part of your programme of learning, we will support you to develop the skills you need to get a job or a better job, such as CV writing, application forms, interviews and working in a team. Your tutor will discuss your individual learning and development needs to agree with you which of our Route to Work short courses will best suit your needs and enrol you on these modules.

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