BTEC ICT - Level 2
For more than 25 years, BTECs have earned their reputation as well-established, enduringly effective qualifications. At DGSB we have a proven track record in improving motivation and achievement among our students. Additionally, BTECs provide progression routes to the next stage of education or into employment.
Through a combination of practical experience and written assignments, these vocational qualifications provide level 2 learners with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed for a student’s next step forward.
The mandatory units assess knowledge, understanding and skills and are essential to the curriculum area. These mandatory units ensure all students receive a thorough grounding in the sector to support progression to their next stage in education or employment.
The optional specialist units provide a closer focus on a vocational area, supporting progression into more specialised level 3 vocational or academic courses. Opportunities to develop skills in English and mathematics are indicated in the units where appropriate. These give students the opportunity to practise these essential skills in naturally occurring and meaningful contexts, where appropriate to the sector.
Why a BTEC in ICT?
It provides a comprehensive and challenging programme of study related to ICT/computing that is particularly suited to learners who have the relevant interest and aptitude to progress in ICT. It:
- provides a broad and balanced programme of study through the core, mandatory and optional specialist units to develop knowledge, skills and understanding that are relevant to the sector as a whole
- provides opportunities for the development of transferable and employability skills related to study and vocational application that provide a platform for success both within IT/computing and elsewhere
- builds on achievement and interest developed through KS3 Computing/ICT
- gives learners the potential opportunity to progress to employment or progress within employment in a wide range of job roles across the information technology sector and creative industries, for example in roles such as software engineer, website content manager, computer animator, helpdesk support, and graphic designer
- supports progression into specialised level 3 vocational, general or apprenticeship qualifications in information technology, computing or creative media production.
The qualification title reflects the emphasis on the ‘creativity’ required by learners to create/develop computer-based products or systems, and the convergence of some arts-based subjects with information technology.
The examination board is Edexcel