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IT Skills for Employment - Level 1 (Award)

Course aims

This course provides learners with increased levels of basic IT skills. It will support you in developing your know-how in using Microsoft Office, including the commonly used Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Course length

40 hours. Usually 20 weekly sessions of 2 hours.

Who is this course for?

This qualification has been created to meet employer needs within the ICT sector. It is suitable for learners who want to develop their use of ICT to become more competent users of Microsoft Office. It is for anyone who has a basic level of IT skills and wants to gain more insight into the uses of computers in the world of work. This course is not suitable for complete beginners.

Will I gain any qualification?

Yes. You will gain a Level 1 ITQ Award.

Do I need any prior knowledge, skills or qualifications?

No previous IT qualification is needed, but you will need to be able to use a computer unaided and have at least English at Level 1.

Course content

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

  • Use Microsoft Word to a suitable level, e.g. to be able to produce a draft CV
  • Use internet and email with confidence e.g. to send and receive emails with attachments
  • In addition, if doing the Award qualification you can decide with your tutor to complete one of the following units:
  • Use Microsoft Excel to be able to create a spreadsheet using simple formulae or
  • Use Microsoft PowerPoint to be able to create a slide show presentation using different themes, timings and animation

What could this course lead to?

You could choose to progress onto the Level 2 ITQ Certificate in IT User Skills or you may choose to do one of our Business Administration 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.

Career opportunities

With the world ever changing in its use of technology, equipping yourself with ICT skills will support in all chosen careers, as employers often seek candidates who are competent in their computing skills. Successfully achieving certification in ITQ can open the door to a whole range of employment and career progression opportunities.

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 portal (online course to support your learning)
  • The tutor 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, 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

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

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