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ECDL - Level 1 (Award)

Course aims

To gain relevant skills in using basic IT tools and applications. Course length 40 hours. Usually 20 weekly sessions of 2 hours.

Who is this course for?

Those with some IT skills who wish to start to gain IT qualifications.

Will I gain any qualification?

Yes. BCS Level 1 ECDL Award in IT user skills (QCF).

Do I need any prior knowledge, skills or qualifications?

No previous qualification is needed although an Entry 3 IT qualification is advisable. You will need to be able to use a computer unaided and have English at Level 1.

Course content

By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Use PowerPoint presentation software
  • Use Excel spreadsheet software
  • Use Microsoft Word software

What could this course lead to?

A level 2 ITQ course such as ECDL Level 2 or IT Skills for Work Level 2.

How will I learn?

In a dedicated IT classroom environment using written course materials 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 learning resources at home to support your learning between classes. You will be assessed by an 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.

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

John Higgins | Subject Leader
T: 0121 675 5921

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