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ICT Entry 3 Functional Skills

Course aims

To develop computer skills and enable you to understand how to use IT to do simple searches on the internet, send emails and create a document such as a business letter using appropriate software.

Course length

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 Entry 3 Functional Skills qualification.

Will I gain any qualification?

Yes, Edexcel Entry 3 FS. 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 the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Use computers to search for useful information: print your findings in a range of formats.
  • Communicate information using emails: know what emails are and how and when to use them; insert images to improve the format of your emails; print and delete un-necessary emails.
  • Display information using IT: use software to create a new document; learn how to change the layout in a document; change text fonts; make changes to enable your text to stand out more; change text position (alignment); improve the display of a document using borders and images; learn how to save and print a document.

What could this course lead to?

At the end of the course, your tutor will check your skills to see what you are ready to do next:

ICT Level 1 Functional Skills ICT if you are ready to progress to this qualification including Word Processing, Spreadsheets and PowerPoint Presentations.

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 we require of you as a learner?

You will be invited to a 1:1 progress review with your tutor. This will take place either half an hour before or after your normal class time.

Paper, pen and ring binder plus, if possible, bring along your own device (smartphone or tablet) to access online resources and apps to support your ICT learning in class. You will also need to be prepared to do some individual work at home between classes.

To improve your progress on the course we expect you to attend on time and every session. If you are unable to attend a session, you will be required to email your tutor with the reason for non-attendance and you will be set work to complete at home.

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Contact details

Joanne Hourigan
T: 0121 464 6583

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