Level 2 Certificate in IT Essentials

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Boost your knowledge of computers and software, from home!

  • Understand how to create documents and format text in a range of Microsoft office programs.
  • Explore how to improve your productivity when using various IT systems.
  • Learn more about IT security and the guidelines and procedures involved.
This course is only available to study online.
Course overview

This course covers accredited ITQ (IT User Qualification) units listed on Ofqual and can lead to a Level 2 RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework) qualification. The ITQ is a nationally recognised qualification for those who need digital skills as users of technology.

As well as providing an excellent knowledge base in using a computer, the IT Essentials Level 2 course is ideal for:

  • Students who are planning to gain an internationally recognised qualification in IT.
  • Those aspiring to achieve a career in the IT industry.
  • Those that want to progress in their current IT career.
  • Learners who want to boost their IT skills.

Course Duration

Up to 1 year.

Study Hours

Approximately 140 hours.

Course Outcome

You will receive an ITQ – Level 2 Certificate.

Entry Requirements

To enrol onto this course you should be able to comfortably use a computer and navigate through the internet. You must be 13 years or over.


Tutor-marked assignments. No external examination is required.

Course content

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You will be assessed through project-based assignments which will require you to demonstrate skills you have learnt in each lesson. There is an assignment for each unit within the course.

Course Duration

You will have a full year to complete this course, which is plenty of time to be able to study at your own pace. This course will take you approximately 140 hours to complete.

Study Method

You will study this course through distance learning, which means you can learn at a time and place to suit you. You will study this course online and work will be submitted to your course tutor by email. You will receive a year’s full tutor support by email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcome

On successful completion of this course students will receive our ITQ – Level 2 Certificate. This is not a nationally recognised qualification.
The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 2 using the RQF framework to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.

Awarding Body

If you want to gain the Open Awards IT User Skills – Level 2 Certificate Qualification you can pay the required accreditation fee of £150.00 to be entered for this qualification. This qualification has been accredited on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (qualification code: 600/5670/8). This is a Level 2 Certificate Qualification with 32 Credits.
The certification is issued through Open Awards. Open Awards are an Awarding Body Organisation approved by Ofqual. Set up in 1981, Open Awards (previously the North West Region of the National Open College Network – OCNNW) have been in business for over 30 years and are a not for profit organisation and a registered charity.


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