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Functional Skills IT – Level 1

Course aims

To develop computer skills which you will be able to use in the work environment.

Course length

45 Hours. Courses are usually 1 x 2.5hrs per week.

Who is this course for?

Adults (19+) who would like to develop their computer skills for everyday life and work and achieve an Level 1 Functional Skills qualification.

Will I gain any qualifications?

Yes, Edexcel Level 1 Functional Skills. There is an assessment for each unit. You can do these in the classroom when you are ready. You will have lots of chance to practise the skills you need in class before you do the assessments. All our ICT courses embed development of study, English, maths and job skills to help prepare you for study at higher levels and improve work prospects.

Do I need any prior knowledge, skills or qualifications?

Your English, maths and IT skills will be assessed before you join the course to make sure that the course is the right level for you.

Course content

By end of the course you will be able to:

  • Use ICT - To plan and organise work, select and use software applications such as Word Processing and Excel. Work with files, folders and other media to access, organise, store, label and retrieve information. Use ICT safely and demonstrate how to create, use and maintain secure passwords
  • Finding and selecting information - Use search techniques to locate relevant information from the internet using search engines and select information from a variety of ICT sources.
  • Developing presenting and communicating information - Choose appropriate software to meet required tasks, apply editing, formatting and layout techniques, including text, tables, graphics, records, numbers, charts and graphs. Process numerical data and organise this in graphical format. Use email to send and receive electronic messages with attachments.

What could this course lead to?

You could progress to a Level 2 qualification in IT or you may choose to do one of our Business Admin or Accounting qualifications. It could help you to gain employment in an IT office environment or you could use your skills to help set up your own business.

How will I learn?

  • You will have an Individual Learning Plan which sets targets that are personal to you. Targets will be added throughout the course to develop your IT skills and support your journey to achieve long term goals. Your tutor will give you regular feedback on what you are doing well and what you need to do to improve.
  • Use of Learner Zone (online course to support your learning)
  • The teacher showing you things
  • Talking with other learners
  • Doing tasks with other learners
  • Using computers
  • Your tutor will give you regular feedback on what you are doing well and what you need to do to improve.

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. Access to a computer or any other IT device outside the classroom will be useful.

What we require of you 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.

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Contact details

Joanne Hourigan | Teaching and Learning Manager
T: 0121 464 6583

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