Course Overview

Library and Information Studies Level 3

Course code: ABC950

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Develop your skills in library and information studies with an award-winning home learning provider. Studying couldn't be easier!

This course enables you to:

  • Explore the changing roles of libraries and information services in society
  • Recognise and explain the process of effective communication
  • Identify and discuss a range of information sources related to user needs
  • Understand the importance of information literacy
  • Develop an understanding of the theories of information seeking behaviour
  • Use strategies to promote a particular collection or service in order to maximise usage

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

All of the materials will be delivered to you, by post, so it couldn’t be easier. Our experienced and friendly tutors are always a click away by email, giving you advice and helping you through your course.

Join over 85,000 people that have studied with us and enrol with us today. Home learning couldn’t be easier!

Discounts on selected courses - Until 19th November
Course Content
Unit 1: Effective Communication
  • Methods of communications between people
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Technology and effecting communication
Unit 2: Sources of Information
  • Formal and informal sources of information
  • Roles and uses of bibliographical sources
  • Internet-based resources
  • Information sources changes that are used in the electronic age
Unit 3: The Changing Role of Libraries in an “information society”
  • Historical role of libraries in the UK
  • Library services
  • Impact of technology
  • Information rich and information poor
Unit 4:  Information Literacy
  • Information literacy
  • Learning context
  • Information overload
  • Information seeking behaviours
Unit 5: User Development
  • Opportunities
  • Developing users
  • Methods and strategies
  • Creating an environment conductive to reader development
  • Actual and potential barriers to user development
Unit 6: Promoting a Collection or Service
  • Promoting a new potential collection or service
  • Key audiences
  • Marketing and promotional strategies
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

You will have a full year from enrolment to complete this course. This is enough time to study at your own pace.

Study Method

This course will allow you to work at home or at work. All materials for the course will be received by post. You will also get 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 3 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?

To enrol onto this course we do ask students to have a working knowledge of libraries, preferably with some experience as a Library or Information Assistant.  Also you will need general ICT experience and the ability to search for information using a variety of sources.

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?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Open Study College pen and highlighter
  • *Student study planner
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet

* Not included with the online study option

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 Library and Information Studies Level 3. 

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).