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Functional Skills Information and Communication Technology (ICT) qualifications at both level 1 and level 2 are designed to give learners the skills to operate confidently, effectively, and independently in education, work and everyday life. The course centres itself around gaining knowledge of the Microsoft Office package, particularly Word, Excel and Power point and developing the skills to use this software in conjunction with the internet to achieve typical tasks.

  • What will I study?

    Learners book into the Skills Centre at Lower Mounts or Daventry and study the course flexibly alongside an experienced tutor.

    You are expected to study for 4 hours per week which can include sessions in the morning, afternoon, and evening ? you book the sessions at convenient times for you.

    • Using ICT to plan and organise work
    • Interact with and use ICT systems
    • Manage information storage
    • Follow and demonstrate understanding of the need for safety and security practices
    • Use search techniques to locate and select relevant information
    • Select information from a variety of ICT sources

    *All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

  • Who is this course for?

    This course is ideal for adults who would like to learn how to extend basic knowledge of computing into a more comprehensive knowledge of the Office software package and how to use this in conjunction with the internet.
    This course is particularly suited to people who are looking to develop their confidence and skill with computers; many learners go on to use skills for administrative tasks in relation to work and life.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Learners must pass an exam on completion of the course. Exams will be arranged at on days/times to suit learners.

  • Your Study Programme
  • Knowledge

    You will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

    • The concepts and fundamentals of data, including searching, storing, integrating and organising data
    • The main features and benefits of digital information systems and how these are used to maintain information and to support organisations and best working practices
    • The principles of organisational information security governance and the components of an organisation's cyber security technical infrastructure including hardware, operating systems, networks, software and cloud.
  • Skills

    You will have the ability to:

    • Install and configure basic hardware system components, networks and devices
    • Write code following an appropriate logical approach to agreed standards
    • Follow information security procedures.
  • Behaviours

    What is required?

    • Manage own time to meet deadlines and Manage stakeholder expectations
    • Work independently and take responsibility for own actions within a given job role
    • Work with a range of internal and external customers.
  • General info

    These courses are available at our Lower Mounts and Daventry campuses.

  • Progression and Career Opportunities

    After successful completion of this course you could progress to, ITQ at level 2 or other Microsoft office-based short courses.

    You might also consider using your new computing confidence by undertaking a distance learning course which are offered by the college in a variety of subjects.

  • Entry Requirements for new students

    Candidates must be able to demonstrate literacy skills, and basic IT skills Candidates will need to attend their assessment in order to establish course suitability.

    *All applicants will be invited for interview

    • Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
    • In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.
  • Admissions Process

    You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.