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Beginners Qualification In Using IT Skills Level 1 (ITQ)

This Level 1 course helps you become more confident with using computers and IT, and gain a nationally recognised qualification. There are no examinations. As you gain confidence you are assessed on the practical exercises you complete on the course.

We aim to make sure that language is not a barrier to you getting started using computers. You will use the most up-to-date Microsoft Office programs and when you successfully complete the course you will receive the Level 1 IT User Skills (ITQ) qualification. Students may wish to enrol on the next ECDLITQ Level 2 course at the same time or after completion.

Please note that the Tuesday evening course will take place at Blackfriars Settlement, 1 Rushworth Street, London SE1 ORB.
This is a new Mary Ward Centre location and is a short walk from Southwark Tube Station

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Who is this course for

This qualification is the next step for beginner students. You may have done the Entry Level ICT qualification 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. Please ensure you have at least E3/L1 English/ESOL.
Students may wish to enrol on the next ECDL Extra Level 2 Certificate course at the same time, or after completion.

What does this course cover

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 will it be like

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).
The tutor will closely monitor the students' work as well as questioning, observing progress, setting tasks and online questioning with diagnosis.

What else do you need to buy or do

Materials are supplied free of charge by the Centre.
As much as possible to reinforce learning. This may be at home or elsewhere or from homework given by the tutor.

What this course could lead to

ECDL Extra Level 2 qualification

Please seek advice from your tutor before choosing.

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This course is accredited


This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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