IT Skills for Employment - Level 2 Certificate

Course Aims

To develop practical IT skills using industry standard software and to gain a nationally recognised IT qualification.

Course Length

90 guided learning hours, at 3 hours per week.

Who Is This Course For?

This course is suitable for anyone with existing computer skills who wants to become a confident, qualified IT user. It is appropriate for anyone who is looking to work in an environment where they would require more advanced IT skills e.g. a nurse, a teaching assistant, in an office or in management.

Will I Gain Any Qualification?

Yes. You will gain a Level 2 ITQ Certificate (Exam board TLM Ingot).

Do I Need Any Prior Knowledge, Skills Or Qualifications?

No formal qualifications are required, but you must be able to use a computer to a good (Level 1) standard, be able to use a computer's basic functions unaided and have English and Maths to at least level 1 standard. Most learners joining the course will hold a level 1 IT qualification. Please bring your English and IT certificates to your initial assessment.

Course Content

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

  • Microsoft Word to:
    • Create a formal document such as a business letter or applying for a job
    • File maintenance, printing, saving, opening and closing files
    • Insert tables, images and borders
    • Insert information from one document into another
    • Mail-merge
  • Microsoft Excel to:
    • Create a new spreadsheet
    • File maintenance, print, save, open and close files
    • Use simple formulae for calculations e.g. SUM, +, -, /, *
    • Replicate (copy) formulas across more than one cell range
    • Use more advanced formulae such as average and count, and conditional formulae such as if copying formulae across more than one cell range 
    • Create and format a chart, which can then be used in presentations
  • Microsoft PowerPoint to:
    • Create a short presentation from a template (master) slide
    • File maintenance, print, save, open and close files
    • Insert pictures, charts, tables, and organisation charts into a presentation
    • Add speaker notes and timings to a presentation

What Could This Course Lead To?

Following completion of the course you may be able to progress on to a level 3 IT qualification e.g. ECDL Level 3. It will also help you in seeking employment in a related industry, e.g. as an office administrator or unqualified teaching assistant (this is also dependent on other skills such as English and maths).  The skills acquired on the course are also useful for setting up your own business, e.g. using PowerPoint to sell your business idea, using Excel to manage your accounts and using Word to create a flyer advertising your business.

How Will I Learn?

  • Learning will take place initially in a classroom environment and then online from your home using Birmingham Adult Education Services Virtual Learning Environment (VLE - Moodle) which is a secure online tool to support you with your studies.  It has been designed to complement teaching and offers a flexible addition to studying with us. Various other tools like Microsoft Teams, Zoom & Padlet will be used to enhance teaching & learning.
  • You will be able to access resources, engage in online activities, study independently, and participate in group discussions with your teacher. You will record your own progress and have your work checked regularly throughout the course.
  • Once you are enrolled your teacher will provide you with an enrolment key and show you how to access the resource.

What Materials Or Equipment Will I Need To Provide?

You will need to have access at home to:

  • A laptop, computer which is connected to the internet
  • Microsoft Office 365 which we will provide for free when you enrol on one of our courses
  • Notepad and pen – you will need to take notes during the online sessions and a folder to store hand-outs and completed exercises

What We Require Of You As A Learner?

  • Regular attendance is essential for you to succeed
  • You will be expected to attend the full course and produce final assessments
  • Work at home will need to be completed punctually and sent to your teacher for marking
  • You will need to ensure that you allow sufficient time for self-study and complete any homework set

Useful Website(s)

  • For more information about Birmingham Adult Education Service:


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