Years 10-11

Information & Creative Technology

BTEC First Award in Information & Creative Technology
Pearson Qualifications

Students study The Online World and develop a Digital Portfolio. The structure of the course allows you to develop your interests and gain a broad range of appropriate and practical knowledge of the IT sector.

Job Roles

  • Website design and development
  • IT project Management
  • Graphics designer
  • Animator
  • Media developer
  • Supporting organisations with IT
  • Online Business Manager
  • Online Marketing Manager


Customer service, Management, Design, Marketing, Computing, ICT

This course has been specifically designed to give learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the Information Technology sector and some aspects of the creative industries e.g. electronic publishing or multimedia production.

The course gives learners to knowledge and skills to prepare them for working life and long-term career opportunities, and for study in higher education.  The qualification also gives learners a more focused understanding of Information and Creative Technology through the selection of optional specialist units in which they can explore the fundamentals of technology and gain the practical skills, knowledge and understanding to design and create a range of products.

Assessment of the course is based on the completion of internally set and marked controlled assessments and an externally assessed examination.

Students study two compulsory units:

  • The Online World (Externally assessed 25%)
  • Digital Portfolio (Internally assessed 25%)

Plus two further units from the following:

  • Creating Digital Animation (internally assessed 25%)
  • Creating Digital Audio (internally assessed 25%)
  • Creating Digital Graphics (internally assessed 25%)
  • Creating Digital Video (internally assessed 25%)
  • Spreadsheet Development (internally assessed 25%)
  • Database Development (internally assessed 50%)
  • Website Development (internally assessed 50%)

The BTEC in I&CT has been specifically designed to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: personal development such as; motivation and confidence, through practical participation and by giving learners responsibility for their own projects. The course also encourages leaners to develop their people, communication, planning and team-working skills.

Progression routes

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/ Level 2 First Award in Information & Creative Technology provides the skills knowledge and understanding for level 2 learners to progress to:

  • Other level 2 qualifications
  • Level 3 vocational qualifications such as BTEC Nationals, specifically the Edexcel Level 3 in I&CT
  • Related academic qualifications
  • Employment within the IT and computing sector, for example posts in website development, administration, online marketing.