INFORMATION AND CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY

BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate

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Course Level

Level 2

Duration

1 year full-time

Placement

10 days

Entry

September (2021)

Fees

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Outstanding facilities including high-spec computers and our new Digital Creative Studio

£25,000 average graduate salary in IT, with other roles paying up to £70,000

Do you love technology? Intrigued by all the latest digital trends? The world of tech is full of possibilities offering a vast range of career opportunities, and our Information and Creative Technology college course will help you take the first step towards a future in the dynamic digital industry.

Designed primarily for learners aged 14 to 19, this Level 2 BTEC ICT course will introduce you to core concepts within the sector. You will gain key skills and broad knowledge in producing IT systems, software, websites, mobile apps and digital graphics, giving you valuable insight and inspiration to pursue further study and work in this field. Throughout the course, you will have access to excellent training facilities at University College Birmingham, as well as being able to put your training into action on placement.

By completing this course, you will obtain a widely-recognised BTEC qualification and have the opportunity to progress onto a BTEC National Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A-levels) or an apprenticeship. You will also be able to move towards a variety of industry roles, from IT helpdesks or software engineering to web content or even graphic design and animation.

Why choose this college course?

  • BOOST YOUR SKILLS – Develop knowledge in a wide spectrum of ICT-related areas including building computers, developing databases and much more
  • WORK PLACEMENT – Apply your skills and gain real-world experience on weekly work placements with our industry partners
  • RECOGNISED QUALIFICATION – Our BTEC Level 2 computing and IT course gives you a recognised work-related qualification, opening the door to further study, employment and apprenticeships

Our facilities

Students on our computing and ICT courses at University College Birmingham have access to new computer labs on campus, as well as our new Digital Creative Studio featuring industry-standard media equipment.

Course breakdown

Topics you will study

  • The Online World
  • Technology Systems
  • A Digital Portfolio
  • Creating Digital Graphics
  • Mobile Apps Development
  • Database Development
  • Website Development
  • Software Development
  • Building a Personal Computer

Maths and English

To help you secure your dream career, you will also continue developing your maths and English skills alongside your full-time course. If you haven’t achieved GCSE grade 4/C in English and maths at age 16, you will continue to study these through resits or taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level.

How maths will support your career

  • Understanding the logic, arithmetic and syntax of programming languages
  • Designing computer algorithms
  • Processing of large quantities of data
  • Presenting information

How English will support your career

  • Good quality speaking and listening skills are needed when communicating with colleagues and customers
  • Customer service requires good English skills in speaking and written communication
  • Accurate reading is vital for following instructions, reading documents and emails, and understanding the ideas, aspirations and demands of colleagues and competitors
  • English is important when preparing a CV and a business proposal, and for putting together advertising and marketing plans for your business

Entry requirements

  • Normally, you will require 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (grade D) and above, including maths and English, or equivalent including English and maths
  • Alternatively you will need a BTEC Level 1 Diploma plus English and maths
  • School applicants will be required to provide a good school report and references
  • You should be committed, enthusiastic and have a desire to succeed in the IT industry
  • If you do not have a grade 4 (grade C) or above in English and/or maths and you are under 19, you will be required to complete an assessment so we can ensure you receive appropriate support

Key information

Teaching and assessment

You will be assessed through coursework assignments and projects, some of which will involve industry-related visits and external assessment.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

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Our Schools Liaison team deliver drop-in sessions for you to ask any questions you have about college. Find out more here.

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Work placements

Work placements offer a wealth of benefits alongside your studies, helping you put your learning into practice, develop your skills and understanding of the workplace, boost your CV for your chosen career or enhance your UCAS application for higher education. Our hired@UCB team can help find the ideal placement for you.

As part of our Level 2 ICT course, you will undertake a work placement with one of our industry partners. This will take place over 10 days throughout the year, usually split into two block placements of 5 days.

Our BTEC First in Information and Creative Technology provides a comprehensive and challenging programme of study that is particularly suited to post-16 learners who have the relevant interest and aptitude to progress in the Information and Creative Technology sector.

Kanwal Rauf Lecturer

Career opportunities

On completion of the Level 2, you could progress onto our Computing and ICT Level 3 course, or you could pursue a range of employment opportunities within the industry.

Note: Some roles below may require further study/training. The roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

Software engineer

Average salary: £25,000 – £50,000

Website content manager

Average salary: £25,000 – £40,000

Computer animator

Average Salary: £18,000 – £36,000

Helpdesk support

Average salary: £20,000 – £22,000

Graphic designer

Average Salary: £20,000 – £30,000

IT consultant

Average Salary: £28,000 – £60,000

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