Course Overview

Chess Level 2

Course code: ABC947

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Take on a new challenge within the exciting world of chess!

This course will enable you to:

  • Understand how to read and appreciate the huge literature of chess
  • Learn the rules and how the pieces move
  • Know how to start a game with a good opening
  • Describe the principles and fundamentals of chess
  • Recognise what is meant by checkmate and stalemate
  • Explain stalemate and other drawn positions
  • Understand the basic middlegame strategy
  • Learn how to play simple endgames

This course will allow you to study when and where you want, at your own pace. All coursework can be submitted by post or email making it simple and hassle-free.

All of the materials will be delivered to you, so it couldn’t be easier. Our experienced and friendly tutors are always a click away by email, giving you a full years worth of support and advice to help get you through your course!

Discounts on selected courses - Until 27th August
Course Content
Unit 1: The history and literature of Chess
  • History and literature of chess
  • Recording the game for improvement
  • Chess diagrams and figurine
  • Read and write algebraic notation
Unit 2: The board and pieces
  • The King and Queen pieces
  • The Minor Pieces – Knights and Bishops pieces
  • The Rooks
  • The Pawns
Unit 3: How to start a game -The Opening
  • Develop your pieces to safe squares
  • Importance of time in chess
  • Winning and losing in the opening
  • Prepare for the middlegame by choosing a logical plan
Unit 4: The Middlegame
  • Plan based on sound principles
  • Explain waiting moves and why Pawns can’t move backwards
  • Tactics and combinations there are
  • Preparing for the endgame by choosing a logical plan
Unit 5: The Endgame – get ready for checkmate!
  • Checkmate with a King and Queen vs a King
  • Checkmate with a King and Rook vs a King
  • Checkmate with a King and two Rooks vs a King
  • Checkmate with a Bishop and Knight vs a King
Unit 6: Improving your game, chess clubs, tournaments and online chess
  • Importance of local clubs and how to find a local chess club
  • Role of the National organising bodies by explaining their importance to the chess community
  • Chess tournaments and how to compete in them
  • Compare online resources
  • Advantages and disadvantages of playing online
Other Information
Assessment

This course is assessed by a series of assignments, which are submitted to your tutor for marking. No external examination is required.

Course Duration

This course will take you 12 months to complete.

Study Method

You will study this course by distance learning, which will enable you to learn when and where you want. You can study from home or at work; it is completely up to you. All your materials will be posted to you, it's that easy. You will also receive tutor support by email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Open Study College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 2 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

Q&As

Your Questions Answered

What skills are needed to enrol in this course?

You do not need any skills or previous qualifications to enrol onto this course.

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. It is truly flexible and is designed to be adaptable around your lifestyle and other commitments.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Comprehensive study guide
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Open Study College pen and highlighter
  • Student study planner
  • Student notebook
  • Document wallet
  • FREE CV writing service
How do I get my work assessed?

You will send your work to your personal course tutor for them to mark and return to you. On successful completion of the course you will achieve Chess Level 2. 

What happens if I lose my course pack?

It’s not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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The total course fee includes a loan arrangement fee. Your initial deposit payment will be used towards this fee, any remaining fee balance will be added the loan amount.

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Our finance option is provided in partnership with AffordItNow.
For your finance application to be considered you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Be employed for at least 16 hours a week or retired and in receipt of a private or company pension. Certain state benefit schemes may also be considered.
  • Be a permanent UK resident with a 3 year address history
  • Have a good credit history with no late payments, debt relief orders or bankruptcies
  • Have a valid email address and can access it

Please note that meeting the above criteria does not guarantee finance acceptance.

Open Study College, 6140 Knights Court, Birmingham Business Park, Birmingham B37 7WY is a licensed credit broker, authorised and regulated by The Financial Conduct Authority (licence number 724179 with FCA).