Beginners Qualification In Using IT Level 1 (ITQ)
The aim of this course is to make sure that students start or become more confident with using computers and IT, and gain a nationally recognised qualification. There are no examinations so as you gain confidence you are assessed on the practical and understandable exercises you complete on the course. We aim to make sure that language is not a barrier to you getting started using computers and software in your personal, educational or working life. Up-to-date Microsoft Office programs are the applications you will use. Upon successful completion you will receive the NOCN Award in IT User Skills (ITQ). Students may wish to enrol on the next ECDLITQ Level 2 course at the same time or after completion.
Previous Experience Required
This qualification is a starting point for beginner students. You may have done a course for beginners or have that level of computer skills. It is tutor-led throughout and is designed to build confidence and recognise computing skills, knowledge and understanding. It equips learners with the basic range of transferable skills for the modern workplace.
Students may wish to enrol on the next ECDL Extra Level 2 Certificate course at the same time, or after completion.
On this course you will be taught three units. There are no examinations as you build a portfolio of evidence. The units are File Management and e-document production using Word, Creating Spreadsheets and Graphs using Excel and Presentation Graphics using PowerPoint. This course includes tuition in the subjects required for the assessments, assessment preparation, revision and the assessments. Students can refer to handouts during assessments.
Having attended the whole course and completed the assessments students will have achieved a level of confidence and competence at this level of computing. They will have been prepared to take their study in computing subjects to the next level or to use computers in their studies of other subjects.
What you can do next, after this course
ECDL Extra Level 2 qualification - Fasttrack or Express
Please seek advice from the Department and your tutor before choosing.
What materials you will need for the course and estimated cost
Materials are supplied free of charge by the Centre.
The teaching and learning methods we use on the course
Demonstration using Smartboard through computer-linked projectors, exposition and discussion. One-to-one and Group work. Through tutor-guidance and hands-on experience, the completion of the course assessment(s)
How we assess your progress on the course
The tutor will closely monitor the students' work as well as questioning, observing progress, setting tasks and online questioning with diagnosis.
What extra study/practice we expect you to do outside the class
As much as possible to reinforce learning. This may be at home or elsewhere or from homework given by the tutor. Students may also wish to attend the daily Open Access computer sessions at the Centre which are free and have a tutor present to assist students
I got to know such a diverse mix of people - the coffee breaks turned out to be just as interesting as the classes!Sonja
This course is accredited
This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria
Got a Question about this Course?
Contact Michael Turkheim, the course administrator.
Why Come to Mary Ward?
Mary Ward Centre is the friendly place to learn. With excellent teaching and a variety of courses that cater for all, from beginners to more advanced students, the Centre has a unique atmosphere and modern facilities that encourage new learners to join us and former students to return.