Information and Creative Technology

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Qualification type: Extended Certificate
Level: Level 2
Awarding body EDEXCEL
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
Duration 1 year
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

Almost every area of work requires information and creative technology specialists and the industry is part of life in the 21st century. This course starts you on a path leading to a broad range of careers and is of a practical nature designed to help you develop a diverse range of skills.

If you have not achieved a C grade or above in English or maths, you will as part of your course be required to work towards this as part of your study programme.  You will be given the opportunity to go on work experience at certain times during your course.

To develop your employability opportunities you may also be given enrichment classes. This may focus upon additional qualifications, industrial updating and career preparation

Entry requirements

You will need 4 GCSEs at 3 points or D grade and above, including English and maths. Alternatively you will need the Level 1 qualification.

We will request a school or college report and you will need to attend an interview at the college.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

The course is split broadly into 3 sections.

Core units

There are 2 external exams:

  • The online world which examines the way in which we use technology.
  • Technology systems which gives you an overview of the hardware and software used in computer systems.

You will also complete the following assessed units:

  • Digital portfolio to showcase the units completed
  • Computational methods
  • Computing in the workplace
  • Multimedia design

Software modules

  • Database development
  • Website development

Hardware modules 

  • Automated computer systems
  • Installing and maintaining computer hardware
How will I be assessed

There are 2 exams. An electronic portfolio of evidence will be generated throughout the course as written and practical assignments are completed.

What next

Career opportunities exist to enter the industry at junior level in many job roles, including:

  • Games tester
  • Web designer
  • IT technician
  • IT administration roles

We do recommend further study by progressing onto the next level qualification, or alternatively into an Apprenticeship, if you are wishing to progress within these roles.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

Fees and funding

This course is free if you are 16-18 years of age on August 31 of the calendar year in which you begin your studies. If you are 19+ years of age fees may apply. However help may be available. To see if you can receive any funding call our Student Services Team on 01325 503030.
Course fees are payable to Darlington College. Registration and membership fees may be payable. All course fees are per year.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

Enquiry Form

If you have any questions about this course, send us a message using the form below.