1Course Overview

Level 2 Certificate in IT Essentials

Course code: DLC010

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Boost your knowledge in computers and software, from home!

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 career
  • Learners who want to boost their IT skills

The IT Essentials course enables you to:

  • Understand how to create documents and format text in Microsoft Word
  • Explore how to create and manage spreadsheets in Excel
  • Learn how to use important software packages included in the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Gain an internationally recognised qualification worth 31 credits
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2Course Content
Lesson 1 – IT Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Computers
  • Hardware and Software
  • Using Windows 10
  • Organising Files
  • Managing Files
  • Information Networks
  • Health & Safety;
  • Lesson Review & Quiz
  • Assignment 1 – File Management Exercise
Lesson 2 – Word Processing
  • Introduction
  • The Microsoft Word Application
  • Document Creation
  • Formatting Text
  • Word Objects
  • Mail Merge
  • Prepare Outputs
  • Lesson Review & Quiz
  • Assignment 2 – Word Processing Exercises
Lesson 3 – Spreadsheets
  • Introduction
  • The Excel Application
  • Cell Basics
  • Managing Worksheets
  • Formulae and Functions
  • Formatting; Charts
  • Preparing Outputs
  • Lesson Review & Quiz
  • Assignment 3 – Excel Exercises
Lesson 4 – Database Software
  • Introduction
  • Using the Access Application
  • Database Tables
  • Retrieving Data
  • Database Objects
  • Preparing Output
  • Lesson Review & Quiz
  • Assignment 4 – Access Exercises
Lesson 5 – Presentation Software
  • Introduction
  • Using the PowerPoint Application
  • Developing a Presentation
  • Inserting Text
  • Inserting Charts
  • Graphical Elements
  • Preparing Outputs
  • Lesson Review & Quiz
  • Assignment 5 – Build a Presentation
Lesson 6 – Internet & Email
  • Introduction
  • Web Browsing Concepts
  • Web Browsing
  • Web Based Information
  • Communication Concepts
  • Using Email
  • Lesson Review & Quiz
  • Assignment 6 – Blog Software Research Project
Lesson 7 – Improving Productivity
  • Introduction
  • Using IT Systems
  • Selecting IT Systems
  • Reviewing IT Systems
  • Improving Productivity; Lesson Review & Quiz
  • Assignment 7 – Productivity Review
Lesson 8 – IT Security
  • Introduction
  • System Performance & Security
  • Information Security
  • Technology Security
  • Guidelines & Procedures
  • Data Security
  • Lesson Review & Quiz
  • Assignment 8 – Write a Security Policy
3Other Information

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 Outcomes

On successful completion of this course students will receive our ITQ – Level 2 Certificate. This is not a nationally recognised qualification.

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 31 Credits.

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.

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.


Your Questions Answered

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

To enrol onto this course you should be able to comfortably use a computer and navigate through the internet. You must be 11 years or over.

What are the computer requirements for enrolling on this course?

The course focuses on Microsoft Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 2013 or later so students will require their own versions of appropriate software. Earlier versions of Windows and Microsoft Office can be used, although some instructions may be different for the earlier versions of the software.

Please Note: The course covers the use of Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office (PC Versions) and is designed for use on a PC. It will be possible to view the course materials using an Apple Mac although the information within the course will be specific to Windows based software.

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. This course is truly flexible and adaptable around your lifestyle and other commitments.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Online learning platform
  • Personal tutor support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Dedicated student support
  • FREE CV writing service
Are there any additional costs?

If you would like to gain the Open Awards IT User Skills – Level 2 Certificate Qualification you will need to pay the required accreditation fee of £150.00 to be entered for this qualification. It is your own responsibility to book and pay for this.

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 be awarded your IT Essentials Level 2 course.

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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