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Computing- Accredited – Entry & Level 1 course timetables

Brief description

An accredited course where students get the chance to achieve E3 and / or L1 ICT qualifications and work towards nationally recognised accreditation.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

People who want an introductory level IT qualification for work, study or leisure

Those who prefer to work in a structured way with specific learning points

Individuals who are comfortable with taking informal exams

If you have been out of learning or work for some time then this could be just the course for you.

We welcome people from all parts of our community with the intention of offering an opportunity for people to improve their health and well being by being part of a friendly learning environment.

Course description in brief

We will be offering E3 Award and L1 Units from OCR designed to assess core ICT applications that a confident user requires.
Topics covered at E3 include
Displaying information
Searching for information
Communicating information
Producing graphs from numerical information.

To achieve OCR Level 1 Award you need to achieve minimum of 9 credits
To achieve OCR Level 1 Certificate you to need achieve minimum of 13 credits including the mandatory unit.
Units include
Improving Productivity(mandatory)
Spreadsheets
Presentation Software
Using Email
Word Processing Software
These can be done in combination and make take more than one academic year.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    Gained confidence to use a computer independently using a variety of MS software

    Gained sufficient skills to use a computer to carry out a range of tasks at work, home or for study

    Achieved a nationally recognised qualification

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.
It is preferable to have some existing computing skills before you start e.g. Functional Skills 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
You need to see a tutor or our student advisor before joining the course.

What equipment will I need for the course?

You may wish to bring a notebook and a USB stick. It is recommended all students have a folder to organise their work.

What materials will I need for the course?

All learning materials will be provided by Swarthmore.

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

The course will be guided by the tutor to develop skills week by week. There will be a mixture of tutor demonstrations and talks, group discussions, and practical tasks carried out with individual support from the tutor where required.

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

Attend classes each week, complete an Individual Learning Plan and do any homework as required.
Complete the course and complete final assessments.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

With tutor support, you will be able to demonstrate your learning and achievement throughout the course. This will be recorded on your Individual Learning Plan.
The final assessment will be a controlled task or exam and evidence of achievement is collated into a portfolio and sent to OCR for final marking.

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

Progress to further study or employment including L2 accredited ICT course.

How will I say what I think about the course?

Throughout the course there are set times to evaluate and review your learning and discuss issues that may be of concern to you.
If you have any problems with the course talk to your tutor, or if you feel you can’t, make an appointment with the curriculum manager
At the end of the course you will be asked to fill in a simple feedback form.

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
200 2 Tuesday 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM 17 Sep 2019 to 07 Jul 2020 (35 Sessions) Course Free of Charge- £12 Membership Fee payable
201 2 Wednesday 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 18 Sep 2019 to 08 Jul 2020 (35 Sessions) Course Free of Charge- £12 Membership Fee payable

Course Funding

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

Courses with course codes marked by ‘LCC’ and ‘CityC’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘LCC’ and ‘CityC’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘LCC’ 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?

To enrol in a course complete the enrolment form on the download page using the correct course reference (Course Ref) from above.