BTEC First Extended Certificate in Information and Creative Technology


BTEC First Extended Certificate in Information and Creative Technology


Information and Creative Technology BTEC First Extended Certificate is a full-time one-year programme approximately 12 hours per week, Monday to Friday.

Entry Requirements

Students will be considered depending upon experience, qualifications and interview.  You will probably have one of the following:

  • A BTEC Introductory Diploma in IT @ Work plus at least GCSE English at grade D or above/Level 2 Functional Skill equivalent and a Maths qualification at level 1 or above
  • Four GCSEs at grade D and above, including Maths and English as above
  • Other related level 1 or level 2 qualifications

All students will also be required to attend and satisfactorily complete a formal induction period.


Course details

The qualification has been designed to inspire and enthuse learners to be producers, rather than just consumers of computer-based products and systems. On successful completion of a BTEC First qualification, students will be supported in progressing onto specialized level 3 vocational, general or apprenticeship qualifications in information technology, computing or creative media production.


Course Units

  • The Online World (externally assessed)
  • Technology Systems (externally assessed)
  • A Digital Portfolio
  • Multimedia Products Development
  • Creating Digital Animation, Audio, Graphics and Video
  • Mobile Apps Development
  • Software Development
  • Website Development
  • Database/Spreadsheet Development
  • Installing and Maintaining Computer Hardware/Software

Teaching Methods

  • Discussions/Workshops
  • Group work
  • Directed study
  • Personal tutorials


Each unit will be assessed against grading criteria set by the awarding body. All work will be internally assessed through a portfolio of evidence which you will produce throughout the course; with the exception of two units where you will be assessed externally by an online examination (multiple-choice and short answer questions). 

A variety of assessment methods are available such as performance observation, written work, case studies and projects. Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of the grading criteria, providing wherever possible a realistic scenario for learners to work with and making maximum use of practical activities.


Qualification Gained

On successful completion of the programme, you will gain the BTEC First Extended Certificate in Information and Creative Technology, which is equivalent to 3 GCSEs at grades A*-C.