Level 2 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in IT
What is the Level 2 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in IT?
Information Technology is about using computers to complete tasks found in the work place. The 21st Century is continuing the IT revolution that has changed the way we carry out business, communicate, spend our leisure time and learn. Many jobs today cannot be carried out effectively without the use of a computer. Can you name a business or company that doesn’t use a computer in some way for its everyday functions and activities?
This one year course is equivalent to two GCSEs at A* - C and will develop your computer skills and theoretical knowledge, as well as prepare you for a wide range of careers involving computers, either within a technical capacity or service providing role.
You will study a number of units over one year that will include: Communicating and Working in the IT Industry, Computer Systems and Doing Business Online.
Note: This course is studied in conjunction with CTEC Level 2 Technical Extended Certificate in Business.
Is the Level 2 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in IT suitable for me?
One of the most challenging parts of the course is the need to meet deadlines for the coursework assignments. Your skills in time management will improve over the year and this will be vital for gaining good grades. You will often work in small groups and be required to present your findings for a particular task that you have been set to the rest of the group as part of your assessment.
Students studying a Level 2 course over the past few years have appreciated the different relationships they have with teachers at college and the amount of individual support they receive. Probably the most important challenge for students is learning how to take more responsibility for organising their study time so that they balance college work, part-time jobs and other commitments. An opportunity for work experience is included during your course.
How will I learn?
Lessons in the classroom will include a mixture of formats including group work, individual activities, practical workshops, working with case studies, videos, and some formal note-taking sessions. You will find yourself working with others, applying key skills and improving your knowledge throughout all the units of the course. Some study support is provided in college to help students with their assignments and other homework. Students should also expect to spend at least five hours per week outside of lessons in college on independent study.
How will I be assessed?
You will study a total of four units during this one year course. All of these units are assessed by coursework, which may include the production of portfolios, presentations, practical projects and staff observations.
For each unit you complete you will be awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade. You will also be awarded an overall grade which will be at Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.
Success will give you a nationally recognised qualification. You will have undertaken activities and acquired skills that will make you more employable and provide the entry requirements for further education or training. During the course, careers guidance will be available to help you decide and plan your future. You may feel ready for employment, or you may wish to progress to a Level 3 Extended Diploma, providing you have achieved a Merit grade overall. Many students choose to progress onto the Extended Diploma in IT following success on the CTEC Level 2 Technical Extended Certificate course.
You would normally have achieved a Grade D profile at GCSE. For GCSE English and Maths where a new grading system has been introduced, a Grade 3 is equivalent to a Grade D. To study this subject you must have an interest in technical subjects.
All students will be expected to provide their own stationery and calculators (where appropriate).
If the costs of equipment and materials may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.