Computer course. LEVEL 1 (CLAIT syllabus)
Level 2 (ECDL syllabus)
Courses will lead to an ITQ qualification which are made up of different units for eg word processing, spreadsheets, databases, Internet & email and presentations.
**You may be able to get help with your exam fees. Please ask at your IAG interview.
Who is the course aimed at?
- Aimed at people who wish to gain their first level 1 or progress on to Level 2
- People who have IT skills and wish to work towards a nationally recognised qualification
Course description in brief
In line with changes to the national structures which emphasises on National Occupational Standards (NOS) and the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF), every unit and qualification will have a credit value.
We will be offering ECDL Branded qualification – ECDL Extra a full Level 2 qualification designed to assess the core applications that a user requires:
- Unit 3 – Word Processing 4 credits
- Unit 4 – Spreadsheets 4 credits
- Unit 6 – Presentation 4 credits
- Improving Productivity using IT 4 credits *Mandatory unit
The completion of this qualification will meet the required number of credits as part of the implementation of the QCF.
Anybody wishing to undertake bespoke qualification, for example, wanting to do particular units, such as Database – will be able to do using ‘Flexiqual’ which is made up of any units, however, there are ‘Rules of Combination’ which must be followed:
- Achieve at least 13 Credits
- At least 50% of these credits must be at the chosen qualification level
- Must include the Mandatory Unit
By the end of the course I will have learned:
- Gained confidence to use a computer independently to carry out a range of tasks
- Gained sufficient skills to use a computer to carry out a range of tasks at work, home or for study
- Achieved a qualification
- Gained some knowledge and skills appropriate for working in a Windows environment
Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?
You need be able to read the workbooks and other written materials provided, and to follow written and verbal instructions.
Although it is possible to work towards ECDL as a complete beginner, it is preferable to have some existing computing skills at level 1 or equivalent before you start e.g. New CLAIT or a range of experience gained at work, home or during previous studies.
You may be asked to carry out some initial assessment activities before commencing the course
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, and some like to buy the book they may be working from so they can practice at home.
What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?
When both you and the tutor feel you are ready, you take a mock exam, and then an exam, in each unit. If you don’t pass the exam the first time you can take it again using a different question paper. Exams are currently held within normal workshop times, but this may be subject to change during the year.
What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?
- To pay your course fees on time, and to pay for your log book if appropriate
- 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 to Swarthmore’s Equal Opportunities and Behaviour policies.
- 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. You may be requested to sign our Internet User’s Agreement if appropriate§
How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?
The tutor will observe your progress during workshops and give you verbal feedback.
You print out work, which you produce during the session, and the tutor will give you feedback and if necessary will talk to you about how you’re getting along.
When you’ve finished working through the exercises provided, you will be given a mock exam if both you and the tutor feel you are ready, and then an exam. Exams are marked initially by the tutor, and then sent to the exam board for external moderation.
What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?
- You could progress onto a higher level computing qualification elsewhere, e.g. ECDL Advance.
- You could use your ITQ qualification to help you find a job or develop your career
- You could enrol on a different type of course altogether e.g. arts, counselling – see our brochure
Or an Education Advice Worker, for further information about career planning, and to discuss opportunities for study outside Swarthmore
How will I say what I think about the course?
- You can tell your tutor
- You will be provided with a Feedback Form at the end 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|
|F213||2||Tuesday||5:30pm – 7:30pm||7 Nov 2017 to 10 Jul 2018 (28 weeks)||Full rate £199.00; R rate £164.00; D rate £18.00 (funder_code:F)|
|F215||2||Wednesday||3:30pm – 5:30pm||1 Nov 2017 to 11 Jul 2018 (29 weeks)||Full rate £199.00; R rate £164.00; D rate £18.00 (funder_code:F)|
|F216||2||Thursday||10am – 12pm||2 Nov 2017 to 12 Jul 2018 (29 weeks)||R rate £199.00; Full rate £164.00; D rate £18.00 (funder_code:F)|
|F210||2||Monday||10am – 12pm||6 Nov 2017 to 16 Jul 2018 (28 weeks)||Full rate £199.00; R rate £164.00; D rate £18.00 (funder_code:F)|
|F212||2||Tuesday||1pm – 3pm||7 Nov 2017 to 17 Jul 2018 (28 weeks)||Full rate £199.00; R rate £164.00; D rate £18.00 (funder_code:F)|
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
To enrol in a course complete the enrolment form on the download page using the correct course reference (Course Ref) from above.