From smartphones and Wifi, to hashtags and instant messaging: over the last 20 years, technology has dramatically changed the way in which we live and communicate. Information and Communications Technology focuses on the way that modern technology affects our society and how we communicate, from hackers to viruses, spreadsheets to presentations.
This qualification, BTEC ICT, is 120 Guided Learning Hours, and is equivalent to a GCSE in both size and rigour.
The qualification is made up of:
External exam which lasts 1 hour 30 minutes. This makes up 40%.
Two pieces of internal coursework which is studies over 20 hours. This makes up 60%.
Is it for me?
There is an increasing skills gap in the UK with the workforce lacking in ICT skills required for many jobs, a ICT qualification will put the students in a good position for the future.
This qualification is designed for those students who are looking for a career in ICT as well as those who are not necessarily looking for a career in ICT but who need a background in using ICT (e.g. administrators and office workers, sales staff, doctors, solicitors and bank workers).
Future careers where a level 2 ICT is beneficial might include:
- Airline Pilot
- Armed forces
- Health care, dentist, doctor, nurse, midwife
- Graphic Design
- Web Design.
Students wishing to continue their IT and computing studies will be able to increase their knowledge and work to an A level standard, with UCAS points for the qualifications to apply for University.