The ICT Extended Certificate provides learners with an introduction into the IT industry. Learners will have the opportunity to build a computer system in our IT hardware lab. They will also investigate how organisations use IT to communicate and understand the different types of IT roles available. Finally, learners will be able to learn about the computer games industry and have a chance to make their own computer game. This courses gives learners a change to develop their practical IT skills whilst also learning the latest IT theory and industry trends. Expected progression routes from this course are to a Level 3 course, Digital T-level, employment or to an apprenticeship.

Awarding Body

Available As

Ext CertL2

What will I study?

The course as it is currently delivered involves the following units, which are all assessed via coursework assignments.

Learners will study 4 units in the course:-

Working in the IT Industry – A chance to explore what it’s like to work in the fast-moving IT industry. You will investigate the different jobs which are available from IT support, to software developer and  network technician.

Communicating in the IT Industry – In this unit you will investigate how organisations use IT to communicate within the industry. You will look at different organisations and the latest technology and see how they use this to communicate.

Computer Systems – Learn new skills on how to build and setup a PC system in our technology lab. Learners will also be able to install and operating system in this unit.  

Game Design - An opportunity to learn about the computer games industry and to develop your own computer game using the latest software Unreal, Unity or Game Maker.  

How will I learn?

The majority of the learning takes place in the traditional classroom or a computer suite.  Students learn skills and then apply them to real life client briefs.

For one week in the Spring term, students go on work experience.  This week of work experience should relate to ICT.

How will I be assessed?

The course as it is currently delivered is assessed entirely via coursework assignments.  

Are there any extra costs?

It would be particularly useful if students had access to a PC or laptop at home, which had Excel and Adobe Dreamweaver and Photoshop installed.

Are there any specific entry requirements?

·       Mainly grade 3s at GCSE

·       NVQ Level 1 or First Diploma

.       some experience of coding (e.g. using HTML).

or you are:

·       Pre 16

·       Home or Steiner educated


Careers Information

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