Computing, IT Skills and Preparation for Work Level 1

Course Information

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

The Computing, IT Skills and Preparation for Work Level 1 programme is a practical course, designed to enhance your exsisting IT skills and provide you with the knowledge and skills that employers and colleges will expect.

Taught in small classes, you will study vital functional skills in English and Maths, alongside core IT units including:-

  • Word processing
  • Entering and storing information within spreadsheets
  • Drawing and planning software
  • Using and understanding mobile IT devices
  • Creating multimedia through video software
  • Desktop publishing software
  • Internet and Imagaing software

You will also benefit from trips and events; seminars; and other cross college activities that take place on campus. 

The course is suitable for students who wish to build on their existing IT skills, develop their employability skills, and have their skills 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. 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.

Work skills classes will cover; planning and preparing for employment; time management; personal presentation; completing your CV and application forms; interview skills; and applying for jobs and courses. 

Entry Requirements

Completion of an Entry Level course.

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the year, your work will create a portfolio, which your tutor will assess.

The tutors on your course will use your practical work to assess where your strengths and weaknesses lie, aiding progression and development. At the end of the year, your portfolio will be examined by an external verifier to confirm your success and completion.

There are no exams on this course.

What can I do next?

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

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