Beginners Qualification In Using IT Skills – L1

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.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

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 of Mirocsoft Office. It equips learners with the basic range of transferable skills for the modern workplace. Please ensure you have at least E3/L1 English/ESOL.

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 :

WORD: File Management and e-document production
EXCEL: Creating Spreadsheets and Graphs
POWERPOINT: Presentation set up and Graphics.

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.

Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. One-to-one teaching. Group discussions
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

Materials are supplied free of charge by the Centre.
As much as possible student are encouraged to practice outside class time 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 or other specialist IT / Computing course.Please seek advice from your tutor before choosing.
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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’