Essential IT Skills
Level 1

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.

  • 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 qualification

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

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

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

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

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