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IT Users ITQ Diploma Level 1 at Boston College

Course description

This qualification introduces learners to basic IT skills that will prepare them for employment or progression to higher studies in the IT sector. You will study topics such as: improving productivity using IT, using the internet, using processing software, using email, design software, and desktop publishing software. 

Course content

You will study a wide range of units from the list below: 

- Improving productivity using IT (mandatory unit) 
- IT user fundamentals 
- IT communication fundamentals 
- IT software fundamentals 
- Using the internet 
- Using processing software 
- Using email 
- Design software 
- Desktop publishing software 
- Presentation software 
- Spreadsheet software 
- Website software 
- Multimedia software 
- Database software 
- Set up an IT system 

Lessons will be a mixture of both theory and practical sessions. We include e-learning, one-to-one support, individual learning plans and trips. 

You will also study functional skills English and Maths (unless previously attained) which are essential for students wishing to continue in Further Education or in employment. 

Other courses may be offered alongside the Diploma such as Awards in Personal, Social and Health Education and Personal Money management which help develop the learner, widen their knowledge and ensure the learning experience is diverse and exciting.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grades F or above (New GCSE grade - 2 or above) in related subjects (or equivalent).


Assessments will comprise mainly of individual practical course work and portfolio evidence (both written and observed). Individual units are assessed formally every 12 weeks.

Financial information

You will need to purchase pens, paper, educational visits, course specific materials and pay for non-educational visits etc. 

Future opportunities

Success on the Level 1 course should enable you to progress on to a relevant Level 2 course, GCSEs or apprenticeships. 80% of our level 1 learners (2010/11) progressed to Level 2 courses during 2011/12.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Boston College directly.

Last updated date: 10 February 2017

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