Information and Creative Technology – BTEC First Diploma
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This is a level 2 programme that is suitable for students who have not been able to achieve sufficient GCSE grades to enrol on advanced courses such as BTEC Extended National Diploma or AS/A2 levels.
This course is aimed at giving students opportunities to learn and practice their ICT skills by making information and creative technology-based products and/or systems. The course focuses on providing students with an understanding and knowledge of how organisations function and how they operate in this age of information and creative technology.
Overview of the units
The Online World
A Digital Portfolio
Creating Digital Animation
Creating Digital Audio
Creating Digital Audio
Creating Digital Video
Mobile Apps Development
Automated Computer Systems
Benefits of the BTEC First Diploma
Upon successful completion, students will achieve a qualification which is equivalent to 4 GCSE grades, which provide students with a solid and broad foundation for progression to Level 3 courses and to employment in the IT or creative technology sectors.
The course provides students with employability skills. This is because they are given opportunities to develop and practice not only ICT skills, but also transferable interpersonal skills including; working with others, problem-solving, independent study, and personal learning and thinking skills.
Core units 1 and 2
Units 1 and 2 will be externally assessed through multiple choice questions and short written answers. Students will be prepared for a one-hour on-line assessment in June.
Unit 3 will be a digital portfolio, which will give students a chance to showcase their achievements on the course. The digital portfolio can be viewed by anyone with a computer and an internet browser.
For the remaining 7 unit assessments are through written assignments, which will be presented in real life case studies.
The actual methods of assessing students understanding and underpinning knowledge depend on the nature of the unit and include; practical tasks which require students to demonstrate their creative skills; teacher observation and questioning.
Students creative skills are also assessed via their individual technology based products and systems, which they design, develop and create.
What makes Loreto’s ICT department unique?
All teachers are experienced and have a wealth of IT and computing industrial experience, knowledge and expertise.
The department is located in a spacious brand new building and all rooms are stocked with excellent state of the art learning resources that create an outstanding learning environment.
Loreto Sixth Form College
Chichester Road South