Essential IT Skills

This online qualification provides a great entry point into the world of IT, introducing you to the basic computer skills used in the majority of modern workplaces.

Learning outcomes

  • Suitable for absolute IT beginners or novices
  • Gain basic knowledge on widely used Microsoft Office programs, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Learn how to send effective email communications, produce more powerful presentations and do more with data
  • Get computer literate to help you find success in a wide range of different careers
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  • FREE online course
    FREE 100% online study
  • Course duration
    10 weeks
  • Recommended study
    10 hours per week
  • Study requirements
    No existing qualification required
  • Success rates
    94% of our learners pass
  • First-class support
    Online and by phone
  • Assessments
    5 to pass
  • Qualification
    Nationally accredited Level 1 qualification

Who is this course for?

For those looking to get an overview of basic IT skills and understand how to use emails and spreadsheets.

Course details

Each unit contains an assessment to demonstrate your knowledge of each subject area. Once you successfully complete all units you will achieve a Level 1 Certificate in IT User Skills.

Unit 1: Improving productivity using IT

Your learning goals:

  • Planning an IT task
  • Choosing software programmes
  • Reviewing your work.
  • Assessment:
    Unit 1 Assessment
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Unit 2: Using email

Your learning goals:

  • Create and send email messages
  • Use ‘netiquette’ to get the most out of email
  • Use your email address book
  • Do more with email.
  • Assessment:
    Unit 2 Assessment
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Unit 3: Spreadsheet software

Your learning goals:

  • Use spreadsheet software
  • Create and use functions and formulae
  • Create graphs and charts
  • Format your spreadsheets.
  • Assessment:
    Unit 3 Assessment
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Unit 4: Word processing software

Your learning goals:

  • Create a new document
  • Enter text, numbers and symbols
  • Insert image files and use tables
  • Format documents.
  • Assessment:
    Unit 4 Assessment
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Unit 5: Database software

Your learning goals:

  • Set up a database
  • Enter data accurately
  • Create records in your database
  • Do more with your data
  • Create and print reports.
  • Assessment:
    Unit 5 Assessment
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Unit 6: Presentation software

Your learning goals:

  • Create a new presentation
  • Use a design template
  • Control your presentation
  • Finish your presentation.
  • Assessment:
    Unit 6 Assessment
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“It explained everything in a clear simple language. The course was easy to follow and it gave you a good amount of time to complete it so you could fit it in around your life.”

Gabrielle from Swindon
Successful Essential IT Skills Level 1 learner

Can I study for free?

Free places are available to anyone who meets the criteria below.

  • Living in England
  • Aged 19 or over from the 31 August 2021 (born before 01 September 2002)
  • A citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) and a resident in the EEA for the last 3 years
  • Not in receipt of any other government-funded training.

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You may also qualify if you're:

  • Employed and in receipt of a low wage
  • A non-EEA citizen with permission by UK government to live in the UK which is not for educational purposes, and lived in England for at least 3 years
  • A family member of an EU national
  • A refugee
  • Asylum Seeker.

Course places are limited, sign up today to secure your place.

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