IT Skills and Preparation for Work Level 1

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Course Information

  • Course Code: CN107
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Validated by: Oxford, Cambridge & RSA.
  • Study Mode: Full time

This Level 1 Preparation for Work course is a practical course that develops existing IT Skills whilst enhancing employability skills. Taught in small class sizes learners study functional skills in English and mathematics alongside core subjects to enable them to develop vital problem solving skills ensuring they are well equipped for success in learning and working life. During the year, the tutor will organise an event; a trip, seminar or other event of the group's choosing in addition to the cross college activities that take place on campus. The course is suitable for those students who wish to build on their existing IT skills and develop their employability skill, so that they can have them formally recognised.

What will I study?

You will study a selection of units on the course, such as:

  • Word Processing - using Word software to create, edit and produce text-based documents
  • Spreadsheets - using Excel to record data in rows and columns, perform calculations with numerical data and present information using charts and graphs
  • Imaging - using software designed to create, modify and layout images for display in print or on a screen
  • Drawing and Planning - using software to produce 2D drawings or plans such as flowcharts, mindmaps and technical drawings
  • Desktop Publishing - using desktop publishing software to combine and manipulate text, image and graphic elements in layouts appropriate for publication to screen or print
  • Using Mobile IT devices - to set up and use mobile or handheld devices such as a smartphone, PDA, electronic organiser or data logger, for data capture, processing, exchange and storage
  • Video software
  • Completing a job application form
  • Introduction to CV writing skills
  • Applying for jobs and courses
  • Personal Action Planning
  • Developing personal presentation skills
  • Personal action planning

Learners are required to achieve a Functional Skills qualification in English, Maths. The course aims to build a firm foundation in using IT productively. The iTQ qualification achieved by the learners is nationally recognised by employers and uses Microsoft Office applications to deliver the subjects. You will also have the opportunity to study the following optional units:.

  • Using the Internet - the ability to set up and use appropriate connection methods to access the Internet; make the best use of browser software tools and techniques to search for, retrieve and exchange information using a browser or public search engine, and work safely and securely online.
  • Video software - using a software application designed to record and edit video sequences.

In the work skills classes the learning will be focused on planning and preparing for employment. Learners will be taught how to complete their CV, complete application forms and apply for jobs and courses. Time management and personal presentation are vital skills and these will be developed as learners plan to prepare for an interview.

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of an IT Entry course or an ability to demonstrate a keen interest in IT. GCSE in English at grade E would be desirable.

How will I be assessed?

All your work must be kept neatly in a special folder. This work, and the practical tasks you undertake, are assessed by your tutor who decides whether or not you are competent in a particular area. Your folder is also examined, at the end of the year, by an external verifier. There are no exams on the course, tutors assess practical work that learners keep in a folder and at the end of the year the folder will be assessed by an external verifier to confirm the success.

What can I do next?

If you successfully complete the IT and Preparation for Work Skills Programme then, with your tutor's recommendation, you will then be in a position to progress onto the Level 2 ITQ Diploma in IT User Skills or into employment.

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You will study in St Pauls Computing Centre where there is twelve dedicated computing rooms, and a gaming room, each equipped with eighteen PCs running Windows 7, Office 2010 and a range of software including Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Flash, Fireworks, Photoshop, Visual C++ 2010 and a wide range of specialised software. We have Microsoft and CISCO Academy accreditation and industry trained tutors. You will also benefit from free wireless access throughout the building and a library and resource centre providing in excess of 60 computers and 45,000 books.

Enrichment & Employability

Our computing and IT courses teach the skills and knowledge that will prepare you for University or a career in an IT or computing role. We can develop your knowledge of digital technologies and whether you want to be a computer games developer, IT manager or technician, these courses could be for you.

Our students take part in a variety of trips including The Photographic Museum to see the professional uses of computer animation techniques and video production.

If you are studying or progress on to a level 3 course you can apply to join the IT Career Academy. You will be able to carry out a 6 week paid internship with a local employer and have an industry mentor for the duration of your course. Taking part in this academy will also gain you extra UCAS points.

In 2015 two Blackburn College IT/Computing students competed in the regional IT World Skills Competition and won their place in the national finals in Birmingham.

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