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Functional Skills ICT

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) ICT 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.

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. Functional Skills courses are free of charge, more details are available in the entry requirements section. 

Functional Skills courses will begin from August 2021. Please navigate this page for all of the ICT information you need.

Entry Requirements
Initial Assessments
Entry ICT / Level 1 and 2 ICT

Entry Requirements

Functional Skills 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;
  • 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 a Functional Skills ICT course. ICT assessments take approximately 30 minutes. Initial assessments are held online every Friday, 1pm-4pm (excluding bank holidays and school holidays).

The level at which you join a Functional Skills 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.

Functional Skills ICT Exams

A requirement of Functional Skills 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, adhering to strict social-distancing measures. 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.