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Functional ICT (Level 1&2) at New College Swindon

Course description

Functional Skills ICT encourages you to use technology in ways which make you more effective and involved as a citizen, and it helps you to operate confidently in life and work in a wide range of contexts.

All learners aged 14 and above – whether they are young people or adults - would benefit from Functional Skills ICT to help them find, select and bring together information, and use ICT to develop, interpret and exchange information for a purpose.

Course content

You will learn how to use ICT systems, Microsoft software, and problem-solving techniques to help you find answers to questions based on real-life situations.

Assessment will cover three key skill areas:

  • using ICT systems
  • using ICT to find information
  • communicating information using ICT

Entry requirements

The course is open to all New College students who want to improve their computing skills and gain a formal IT qualification at Level 1 or 2.

Some experience of using a computer is essential.


You do tests in class and in a set time. The questions are based on a real-life situation – you have to do tasks and solve problems based on the situation.

The tests are about your practical skills with a computer, and your ability to work out how to solve practical problems.

At the end of the course, you will be entered for an external examination.  You will be awarded the ICT Level 2 qualification if you pass the examination.

Future opportunities

The skills you learn on this course will be very useful in almost all careers or Higher Education courses.

This course is at Level 1 & 2. If you want to continue to a higher level, you will have the option of studying modules of the ITQ Level 3) equivalent to Advanced ECDL level 3.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 April 2016

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