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Computing: Level 2 Certificate in Information and Creative Technology (BTEC)

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Course information

Course Summary

This course is designed to equip you with the skills required by employers in the workplace such as Web design, networking, mobile app development and computer hardware.

Course Code:N3209
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 2
Awarded by:Pearson (BTEC)
Course Length

One year

UCAS Course Code0
Course Detail

You will study the following core units:

  • Unit 1: The online world
  • Unit 2: Technology systems
  • Unit 3: A digital portfolio.

You will also study a mix of further units, such as:

  • Unit 8: Mobile apps development
  • Unit 10: Database development
  • Unit 11: Computer networks
  • Unit 13: Website development
  • Unit 14: Installing computer hardware

Course Detail

Units 1 and 2 are online tests which are marked externally. The remaining units are then assessed through coursework where you will produce a mixture of presentations, hands on practical tasks, reports, and written tasks.

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.

Unit 2: Technology Systems

You will explore the common hardware components of technology systems and the internal building blocks of a computer like the processor, buses and memory. We will also cover aspects of networking.

Unit 3: A Digital Portfolio

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.

Unit 8: Mobile apps development

In this unit you will investigate the characteristics and uses of mobile apps, and learn how mobile apps are developed. Then you will design, develop, test and review your own mobile app. You may even be able to get it published on the internet and take pride in people using an app you made.

Unit 10: Database development

In this unit you will investigate the features and uses of databases by exploring what they are and what you can do with them. You will be able to apply some of your findings to your own database solution.

Unit 11: Computer networks

In this unit, you will come to understand the features and uses of computer networks by exploring what networks are, as well as the different types of network and how they affect user experience. You will be able to apply some of your findings to your own computer network. You will also learn about the different hardware and software devices needed for networking, and how these can be combined to make a computer network.

Unit 13: Website development

In this unit, you will investigate the features and uses of websites by exploring what they are and how their integrated components and applications interact with each other. You will also learn how to design, develop and test a website.

Unit 14: Installing and maintaining computer hardware

In this unit, you will develop an understanding of the benefits and implications of installing and maintaining hardware in technology systems. You will install and maintain hardware in a technology system. This will involve finding and repairing faults with the internal hardware components of a computer, such as the processor or internal bus, and upgrading other internal components, such as adding a network card or additional memory.

Work Experience is a part of this course, the hours and dates will be determined by the course tutor. Work experience can be up to a maximum of two weeks on an external placement, you are encouraged to source your own placement with support from the WEX Team and your course tutor. Where external placements are not possible you will be expected to take part in simulated work experience organised by the college.

Course Fees

Fees for 2022/23: £3,120

Please note:

  • Fees are for 2022/23 and relate to home and EU students
  • Students aged 16 to 18, or those aged 16 to 24 who have a valid EHCP, and are studying Further Education courses are not normally charged for course fees
  • For more information about financial support, please click here.
Entry Requirements

New Students

Four GCSE’s at grade 3 or above including English and maths. We also require a good reference from your school alongside your application.

Progressing Students

Level 1 Diploma plus English and maths. A satisfactory reference for attitude, behaviour, attendance and punctuality.

Your Next Steps

Following successful completion of this course (Merit profile at level 2), you can progress on to Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in IT and Computing.

Potential career routes in the Computing industry:

  • Audio visual technology
  • Business administration
  • Business management
  • Consultant
  • Customer service
  • Data analyst
  • Database programmer
  • Games developer
  • Helpdesk
  • Network installation
  • Programmer
  • Security expert
  • Software developer
  • Support technician
  • System analyst
  • Web designer
Other Information


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Last updated - 02/11/2021