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Digital Skills – Entry 3 Award

Course aims

To gain skills in using IT tools and applications at Entry Level 3.

Course length

30 hours – usually 15 weekly sessions of 2 hours.

Who is this course for?

It is designed to prepare you for further learning such as Level 1 ECDL or IT Skills for Work Level 1.

Will I gain any qualifications?

Yes – BCS Entry Level Award in Digital Skills (QCF)

Do I need any prior knowledge, skills or qualifications?

No previous qualification is required. You will need to have some experience of using a keyboard and mouse and have a basic level of English.

Course Content

By the end of the course learners will have the following Digital Skills knowledge:

Online Basics: Be able to search and use internet-based information and use e-mail to exchange information.

Computer Basics: Be familiar with key features, i.e. keyboard, screen, start, shutdown etc. Understand key features of operating system, i.e. storage, icons, file types. Use applications such as Microsoft Word.

Social Networking: Be able to use social media (such as Facebook) and to understand the risks and benefits of having an online presence. To create social network profiles, add contacts, and ensure own safety online. To use Social Networking to communicate with others.

Digital Photography: Be able to use a range of devices to take a digital photograph, view and delete images. Transfer images to other devices, edit, save, organise and share pictures.

What could this course lead to?

An IT level 1 course such as ECDL - Level 1 or IT Skills for Work - Level 1.

How will I learn?

In a dedicated IT classroom, using written and online learning resources. There will be group discussions, tutor-led demonstrations, tutorials, small groups, individual and peer teaching. Learners will have their work checked regularly. You will have access to resources at home to support your learning. You will be assessed by a one hour online test for each unit.

What materials or equipment will I need to provide?

You will need a pen, notepad, and a folder to store hand-outs and completed exercises. You will also need to supply a memory stick. Access to a computer or any other IT device outside the classroom will be useful, but is not essential.

Your commitments as a learner

To achieve success on the course you will need to attend regularly. If you need to miss a class, please let us know in advance.

You will need to ensure that you allow sufficient time for self-study and complete any homework set. You will be expected to complete all assessments and complete the full course.

Useful websites

For more information about Birmingham Adult Education Service: www.learnbaes.ac.uk

BBC: A Beginners Guide to IT http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/connect/BBC_First_Click_Beginners_Guide.pdf

More information

If you would like more information about this computer course contact John Higgins on 0121 675 5921


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