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Infor­ma­tion and Cre­ative Tech­nol­o­gy (Lev­el 1 BTEC First Cer­tifi­cate) — Full-time

If you are aged 16-19, you are advised to not apply for this course. This course is at capacity for September 2022 and a waiting list is in operation. If you choose to submit an application you will be invited in to one of our drop in enrolments to discuss your other course options should you not be able to secure a place on this course.

Course outline

This course is perfect if you want learn about the world of online technology.

Units covered include:

Unit 1 – The Online World

This unit will help you understand the main technologies and processes behind the internet and investigate how they come together to let you view websites and send information across the world. You will explore a range of digital devices, such as smart phones and consider the technology that enables these devices to share and exchange information

This technology has created new concerns regarding security and privacy. You will investigate these concerns and consider how users should behave online to safeguard themselves and respect others

Online systems and technology have become part of everyday work, so being able to understand and work with this technology is essential in many roles within this industry. In this unit you will:

  • Investigate online services and online communication.
  • Investigate components of the internet and how digital devices exchange and store information.
  • Investigate issues with operating online.

Unit 2 – Technology Systems

Technology systems are involved in many of the objects we use every day, from a laptop computer and routers relaying internet traffic, to logging in to a social networking site. This unit provides a first look at how the main building blocks of technology systems work.

No technology system is complete without the software that brings it to life. You will explore different types of software. These will include the operating system (OS) that supports the communication and management of resources, and utility programs that provide functionality to maintain the system.

You will also learn about the role of applications software, such as office programs, graphics packages, accounting software and CAD/CAM, that supports many aspects of everyday business life.

In this unit you will:

  • Understand how the components of technology systems work together
  • Understand how data flows between internal components of a computer and is processed to provide information
  • Understand different types of software.

Unit 3 – 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. It is all about:

  • The projects you have created and developed
  • Your use of communication and presentation skills
  • Your capabilities and potential

Digital portfolios can be viewed by anyone with a computer and an internet browser. You will learn how to create a digital portfolio that includes a series of web pages with links to content that you have created. You will learn how to make use of multimedia assets such as images, sound and video to make your portfolio appealing and engaging.

In this unit you will:

  • Design a digital portfolio
  • Create and test a digital portfolio
  • Review the digital portfolio.

These mandatory units are complimented with a selection of other units to make up the entire course. The other units range from technical to design subjects, such as:

  • Database design
  • Spreadsheets
  • Digital Graphics
  • Multimedia design
  • Digital Audio
  • Website development
  • Software development

How to apply for this course

Apply online now to start in this academic year (2022/2023).

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Location Date
111 Canal Street
Nottingham
NG1 7HB

Start: Monday 5th September 2022

Course code: C037551 / Q037552

Qualification

Level 1 BTEC Certificate in Information and Creative Technology

Duration

1 year

Level Level 1
Entry requirements

You’ll need 4 GCSEs at grades 3–1 (D–G), including English Language and Maths at grades 3–1 (D–G) or a relevant Entry 3 vocational qualification. You will also be asked to sit an initial assessment. The initial assessment must show that you are ready to study English and maths at Level 1. If your results are lower than this, don't worry, we will find the right course for you.

Teaching & assessment

You will be assessed through coursework and examinations except for GCSEs/Functional Skills where applicable.

Progression

Choose to follow with a City & Guilds Level 2 Systems Support qualifications, OCR Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills or a career in the IT industry.

Additional information

Students aged 16-18 don't have to pay tuition fees.

If you are aged 19 or over you may still be eligible for funding. Check out our Financial Help pages to find out more! If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss National, please visit our EU Settled Status scheme page for more information.