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ITQ level 1 and ITQ level 2 Guided Workshop course timetables

Brief description

Computer course. Guided workshops will focus
more on group work, projects and
guidance from the tutor.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

The course is aimed at learners who have a little experience in using computers. To be able to access this qualification you must have an appropriate level of literacy.

Course description in brief

To achieve an ITQ Level 1 Award you need to achieve minimum of 9 credits from the following units

To achieve a full ITQ Level 2 Certificate you to achieve minimum of 16 credits from the following units


Level 2

  • IT User Fundamentals 3 3
  • Improving Productivity Using IT ((mandatory unit) 3 4
  • Spreadsheets software 3 4
  • Word Processing software 3 4
  • Database Manipulation 3 4
  • Desktop publishing Software 3 4
  • Presentation Software 3 4
  • Imaging Software 3 4
  • Website software 3 4
  • Using the Internet 3 4
  • Using Email 2 3

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    By the end of the course I will have (Learning Outcomes)

    • Built confidence in using a computer
    • Gained computer skills for home, work or study
    • Achieved a qualification
    • Developed a sense of achievement
    • Gained experience of working in a Windows environment

Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?

You don’t need any previous computer experience to join an Entry Level course, but you do need to be able to read the workbooks, and to follow written and verbal instructions. You will need some existing computer skills to join a course at Level 2.

If you need extra support with your literacy, you should contact Reception to arrange a meeting with an Advice & Guidance worker.

What equipment will I need for the course?

All necessary equipment and materials will be provided for you. However, some people like to bring a notebook and pen to make their own notes. You may wish to bring a memory stick with you to save copies of your work to take home with you for additional practice.

What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?

The Level 1 ITQ programme will be delivered at 2 hours per week for 30 weeks. The course will be guided by the tutor to develop and build skills week by week. There will be a mixture of tutor demonstrations, talks, group discussions and practical tasks carried out with support from the tutor where required. There may also be a volunteer or Learning Support Assistant to provide additional help where needed. You will work independently on your own work, and you may also work with others on group projects.

Learning materials will be a combination of paper-based, CD Roms and interactive resources selected by the tutor. You will be referred to relevant online resources as appropriate.

You will take part in Initial Assessment activities and Induction, shown how to switch on and log onto the computer, and how to get started on the topic you’ve chosen.

What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?

  • To pay your course fees on time
  • To attend the classes regularly, and to inform us if you won’t be coming for a week or two – after 2 weeks’ absence, we reserve the right to re-allocate your place to someone on the waiting list if we haven’t heard from you
  • To complete the course and take any exams or external assessments required as part of the course
  • To conform with relevant Swarthmore policies eg Equal Opportunities, Behaviour, Computer & Internet User – in other words, show respect for yourself and everyone else within the centre. Copies of these policies may be obtained via Reception or the General Office if required

§ NOT to eat, drink or smoke within the computer room (smoking is no longer permitted anywhere within the centre), and to treat the computers and other equipment with care.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

You print out work which you produce during the session, and the tutor will give you written feedback and will talk to you about how you’re getting along.

What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?

You can develop your IT skills to Level 2 course at Swarthmore. If you wish to progress further, you could enrol at a local college or at the university. You could also contact Learn Direct to ask advice about courses at Level 3 and above. Most employers like you to have a level 2 qualification if the work involves using a computer, although some will accept level 1 and be prepared to train you.

Alternatively there are lots of other courses and activities available both here and elsewhere depending on your interests – look at our current brochure, visit our web site at or make an appointment to see an Advice & Guidance worker to discuss your options.

How will I say what I think about the course?

  • You can tell your tutor
  • You can tell the Programme Manager, Kathy Degerdon – tel 243 7984 or email
  • You will also be provided with a Feedback Form at the end of the course so you can tell us what you thought about it.

Available timetables for this course

Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.

Course Ref Hours per week Days(s) Time Course Dates Costs
F214 2 Wednesday 10am – 12pm 1 Nov 2017 to 4 Jul 2018 (29 weeks) Full rate £199.00; R rate £164.00; D rate £18.00 (funder_code:F)

Course Funding

Swarthmore provides a variety of courses some of which are subsidised by public funding.

Courses with course codes pre-fixed by a letter ‘F’, ‘L’ or ‘N’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘F’: courses are accredited and are funded by the ‘Skills Funding Agency’ for those aged 16 and over.
  • ‘L’ & ‘N’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘L’ courses are supported by Leeds City Council for Leeds Metropolitan area residents, priority given to those living in disadvantaged areas, people not in employment and/or in receipt of benefits, those with low skills, no qualifications, disadvantaged groups or individuals with specific needs e.g. lone parents, BAME groups, adults with LDD.

For information funding and eligibility see the ‘costs’ page.

Unless stated otherwise - all courses take place at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds

What next?

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