Essential IT Skills (Level 1)

Whether you are looking to improve performance within your current job role or want to enhance your CV, this FREE online qualification provides a practical introduction to a range of modern IT practices.

  • Suitable for absolute IT beginners or novices
  • Delivers basic knowledge on widely used Microsoft Office programs
  • Provides a solid basis for further IT qualifications and/or career development
  • Gain a nationally accredited Level 1 Certificate in IT User Skills

Course details

Each Unit has a credit value. You will need to achieve 13 credit values to achieve a Level 1 ITQ Certificate in IT User Skills. The Units and their individual credit values are summarised below.

Improving productivity using IT

Credit value: 3 (Mandatory)

In this unit you will cover the following:

  • Planning an IT task
  • Choosing software programmes
  • Reviewing your work.

Using email

Credit value: 2 (Optional)

In this unit you will cover the following:

  • Create and send email messages
  • Use ‘netiquette’ to get the most out of your email
  • Use your email address book
  • Do more with email.

Spreadsheet software

Credit value: 3 (Optional)

In this unit you will cover the following:

  • Use spreadsheet software
  • Create and use functions and formulae
  • Create graphs and charts
  • Format your spreadsheets.

Word processing software

Credit value: 3 (Optional)

In this unit you will cover the following:

  • Creating a new document
  • Entering text, numbers and symbols
  • Inserting image files and using tables
  • Formatting documents.

Database software

Credit value: 3 (Optional)

In this unit you will cover the following:

  • Set up a database
  • Enter data accurately
  • Create records in your database
  • Do more with your data
  • Create and print reports.

Presentation software

Credit value: 3 (Optional)

In this unit you will cover the following:

  • Create a new presentation
  • Use a design template
  • Control your presentation
  • Finish your presentation.

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At a glance

  • FREE 100% online study
  • Minimum of 10 hours study per week
  • 5 end of unit assessments
  • No existing qualification(s) in subject required
  • First-class online and telephone support
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Am I eligible?

To be eligible for a free place, you must:

  • Be aged 19 or older
  • Live in England
  • Have lived in the EU for at least three years

Complete support

As a vision2learn student you will be assigned a dedicated tutor throughout your studies. We also offer in-depth telephone and online support (including live chat) whenever you need it. Our friendly team are available from 8am–8pm Monday–Thursday, and Fridays between 9am–5pm.

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