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Functional Skills (and other) ICT Courses

Are your ICT skills a little rusty? Take the opportunity to improve your skills and achieve an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 (equivalent to a GCSE) Functional Skills ICT, Essential Digital Skills or Digital Skills for Employment qualification. These qualifications are nationally recognised and can help you to upskill and gain employment. You will learn in a friendly, supportive online environment and at a pace to suit your needs.

Functional Skills ICT classes will take place once per week, between two to three hours per lesson. It is recommended that you also complete a couple of hours home study per week if possible. Lessons take place on a variety of days and times to suit everyone's schedules. Essential Digital Skills or Digital Skills for Employment courses are also held in centre but can also be completed at home in your own time, to set deadlines. All listed ICT courses are free of charge, more details are available in the entry requirements section. 

Please navigate this page for all of the ICT information you need.

Entry Requirements
Initial Assessments
Entry ICT / Level 1 and 2 ICT
Essential Digital Skills / Digital Skills in Employment / IT User Skills
Exams
Contact

Current ICT Courses Timetable

Entry Requirements


All ICT courses are free of charge. Entry onto the course depends on the individuals situation. This will be established during initial contact. However, at the moment the entry requirements are as follows:

  • Are aged 19 years or older;
  • Have been a UK, EU or EEA resident continuously for the previous three years;
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK, EU or EEA

If you do not meet any one of the three criteria listed, each level you study will be charged at £135 and the assessment will be charged at £20 per subject.

Assessments for Functional Skills ICT


You must sit an assessment in order to join any of our ICT courses. ICT assessments take approximately 30 minutes. Initial assessments are held in-centre every Friday, 1pm - 3.30pm. You can also sit the assessment online, please contact us for details. No assessments take place on bank holidays or during school holidays.

The level at which you join an ICT course is dependent on your results of the initial assessment and any previous qualifications you may hold. You may incur a waiting period in between completing your assessment and starting lessons.

To book an initial assessment please call 01325 405601, call / text / WhatsApp 07932 869325, email l&[email protected] or message us through Facebook [external link], Twitter [external link] or Instagram [external link].

Functional Skills ICT - Entry Level

This course is suitable for those whose ICT skills are below GCSE level or non-existent and for those who want to further improve their skills. The emphasis is on building up the very basics to continue on to higher levels. Improved ICT skills will assist in maintaining your digital presence and in seeking or improving your employability.

The design and delivery of the curriculum in this course will enable learners to up-skill and develop confidence in using ICT which will support them to enter employment, return to work or progress to further learning. Please bring a pen and notepad. This course will cover:

  • Switching on and closing down the computer
  • Using a mouse and keyboard
  • Word processing
  • Saving and organising your work
  • Using tools to create a poster / party invitations
  • Adding formatting to a document
  • Moving and modifying text
  • Using a printer
  • File management
  • Using flash drives
  • Using a search engine to source information effectively

After this course has finished you may like to progress to the next level which might be a higher Entry level or a Level 1 (equivalent to a GCSE grades 1 – 3, previous grades GCSE D - G). 


Functional Skills ICT - Levels 1 and 2

This course is suitable for learners of all levels and abilities up to Level 2. If you already have a certificate, achieved within the last five years, you will only be eligible for the level above. If you have no certificates then you will be assessed to establish your current level and enrolled on the appropriate level of course.

The course is designed to allow learners to develop the Functional ICT skills they need, in a supportive environment. As learners increase their skill level, they are encouraged to become increasingly independent when deciding on the best use of ICT. The vocational structure allows learners to practice these skills within a “real world” context and therefore increase their confidence within their current employment role or to prepare them to enter employment, return to work, or change career paths. Please bring a pen and notepad. This course covers:

  • All topics in Entry Levels plus:
  • Powerpoint
  • Excel
  • Word
  • Creating presentations
  • Adding slides
  • Creating an email account
  • Sending and receiving emails
  • Attachments
  • Spreadsheets
  • Functions and formulae
  • Charts

After this course, once you have completed Level 2, you can apply to progress to a Level 3 or a full GCSE ICT course at a college.

Essential Digital Skills (Entry Level 3 and Level 1)


Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for all members of the public, aged 19+ who are either in employment or searching for employment. This qualification is aimed at those looking to develop the digital skills needed for life, work or further study in accordance with national standards. At Level 1, the focus is primarily on digital skills for work with a secondary focus on digital skills for life, but these are applicable across both life and work settings.

This course is offered at Entry Level 3 and Level 1. The units listed below are identical for both levels, however the work becomes more intense at Level 1.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

The course is completed by distance learning, there is no need to attend any online or physical classes. Resources for the course will be available on our online learning platform. It is recommended that you have a standard of English and Maths that is Functional Skills Level 1 as a minimum. 

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

This course intent aims to equip you with an awareness of the basic digital skills needed for employment, further study or general life. Topics covered include the creation, use and editing of documents and staying safe amongst many more topics. A full list of topics is listed below. You will also study the importance of digital skills in the workplace, considering how to communicate effectively using technology and how to protect data and devices, among other organisational policies and procedures.

What will the course cover?

The course is spilt into six manageable units:

  • Unit 1: Using devices and handling information
  • Unit 2: Creating and editing
  • Unit 3: Communicating
  • Unit 4: Transacting
  • Unit 5: Being safe and responsible online
  • Unit 6: Assessment

This course is portfolio based and no external exam is required. The majority of questions in this course are file upload questions, where you need to upload screenshots or documents as requested to show your work. 

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could progress onto one of our many other courses, depending on your pathway of choice: upskill your functional skills with our Maths, English or further Level 2 ICT courses or you may decide to complete any of the Level 2 Distance Learning or CPD courses that will be made available to you to support your pathway within or to employment.

Where and when will I learn?

Entry Level 3: This course is offered in-centre only. You will attend one 2 to 3 hour class per week.

Level 1: You have the choice of studying online from your own home or attending one of our classes in centre, please have this discussion with one of our staff and make it clear at initial assessment if you have a preference. If choosing to study online, you will learn from home in your own time. You will receive your login details during enrolment. If you are choosing to study in-centre, you will attend one 2 to 3 hour class per week.

What should I bring with me?

It is essential that you have an internet enabled device and access to the internet if studying online. Please bring a pen and a notebook to the in-centre classes.

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

Level 2 Digital Skills in Employment


Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for all members of the public, aged 19+ who are either in employment or searching for employment, particularly those who wish to develop their digital skills in relation to the management of information and digital safety, security and communication. It will also be beneficial for anyone with a basic understanding of IT skills who is searching for career progression, or wishing to improve their digital skills for their own personal use.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

As this is a level 2 course it is recommended that you have a standard of English and Maths that is Functional Skills Level 1 as a minimum. You must already have some basic IT skills.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

This course intent aims to equip you with an awareness of finding and managing relevant, good quality information, and considering the importance of online identities. It will also look at the importance of digital skills in the workplace, considering how to communicate effectively using technology and how to protect data and devices, among other organisational policies and procedures.

What will the course cover?

The course will cover five sections:

  • Developing Digital Career Skills
  • Management of Information
  • Digital Device Safety Awareness
  • Communication and Productivity
  • Digital Security

This course is portfolio based and no external exam is required. The majority of questions in this course are file upload questions, where you need to upload screenshots or documents as requested to show your work.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could progress onto one of our many other courses, depending on your pathway of choice: upskill your functional skills with our Maths, English or further Level 2 ICT courses or you may decide to complete any of the Level 2 Distance Learning or CPD courses that will be made available to you to support your pathway within or to employment.

Where and when will I learn?

You have the choice of studying online from your own home or attending one of our classes in centre, please have this discussion with one of our staff and make it clear at initial assessment if you have a preference. If choosing to study online, you will learn from home in your own time. You will receive your login details during enrolment. If you are choosing to study in-centre, you will attend one 2 to 3 hour class per week.

What should I bring with me?

It is essential that you have an internet enabled device and access to the internet if studying online. Please bring a pen and a notebook to the in-centre classes.

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

Level 2 IT User Skills


Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for all members of the public, aged 19+ who are either in employment or searching for employment to develop their knowledge, understanding and competence in a range of different IT skills, particularly those who use IT in their current job role.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

Learners must already have basic IT skills and basic knowledge of Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) to be able to complete the course successfully.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course intent is to equip you with the skills needed to work at a Level 2 which will support you in your everyday life, to gain and progress within employment and within a workplace.

What will the course cover?

The course will cover five sections:

  • Using IT to Increase Productivity
  • IT Software Fundamentals
  • IT Security for Users
  • Presentation Software
  • Spreadsheet Software

This course is portfolio based and no external exam is required. The majority of questions in this course are file upload questions, where you need to upload screenshots or documents as requested to show your work.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could progress onto one of our many other courses, depending on your pathway of choice: upskill your functional skills with our Maths, English or further Level 2 ICT courses or you may decide to complete any of the Level 2 Distance Learning or CPD courses that will be made available to you to support your pathway within or to employment.

Where and when will I learn?

You have the choice of studying online from your own home or attending one of our classes in centre, please have this discussion with one of our staff and make it clear at initial assessment if you have a preference. If choosing to study online, you will learn from home in your own time. You will receive your login details during enrolment. If you are choosing to study in-centre, you will attend one 2 to 3 hour class per week.

What should I bring with me?

It is essential that you have an internet enabled device and access to the internet if studying online. Please bring a pen and a notebook to the in-centre classes.

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

Functional Skills ICT Exams


Please note that exams are NOT required for Essential Digital Skills, Digital Skills in Employment or IT User Skills.

A requirement of Functional Skills ICT courses (both classroom and online based) are to sit mandatory exams to achieve your qualification. Your exams will take place at L&S at The Coleridge Centre or L&S at Bennet House in Darlington. Under no circumstances can you sit your exam at home or at any other venue.

Exams for Functional Skills in England are set by the Department for Education in cooperation with national exam boards. There are no nationally set dates and times for exams, you will only sit an exam after a period of study when your tutor and yourself mutually agree you are exam ready. Learning & Skills will book a variety of exam sessions and you will be invited to attend at least one of them.

Exams are currently held online and are no longer paper based. You will be allocated time in your lesson, or you will be invited to a practice session, for exam practice.

ICT exams take two hours to complete.