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Computing Level 1 at Isle of Wight College

Course description

This course will be delivered as a full time course as level 1 in a single academic year. The academic week will be timetables over three or four days.

The academic year runs from September to the following July.

Course content

The qualification consists of core and specialist units in computing subjects. Core units will include Personnel and Social Development, Functional Skills in Math and English.

These qualifications have a fixed combination of units. Upon successful completion of all units the qualifications will be awarded.

Specialised Units may include the following:

  • Improving Productivity Using IT
  • IT Users Fundamentals
  • Security for IT Users
  • Internet Safety
  • Using the Internet
  • Using Email
  • Design Software
  • Imaging Software
  • Desktop Publishing Software
  • Presentational Software
  • Database Software
  • Spreadsheet Software
  • Website Software
  • Word Processing Software

Entry requirements

You should have 2 GCSE passes at E or above but discretionary entry may be allowed.

It is expected that demand for places on this course will be high. You must complete the application form for full-time courses and submit as early as possible. You will be invited for an interview with a section staff member in the College where you will be asked additional questions.

You will take part in a set of simple assessments that will be designed to assess your current skills so that we can provide learning that best meets your own needs.


Assessments in all units are carried out by a mixture of the following:

  • Aural Observation
  • Practical Demonstration/Assignment
  • Coursework
  • Observation
  • E-assessment
  • Task-based assessment
  • Multiple Choice Examination
  • Written Examination
  • Portfolio of Evidence

The course final outcome is a Pass. There are no higher grades. On completion if this course you will the following achieve qualifications BSC l Level 1 Diploma in IT User Skills (ITQ)(QCF), ECDL Essentials, ECDL Extra and City and Guilds Level 1 Award in Employability And Personal Development

Future opportunities

This qualification will sit within the Foundation Learning Tier and will allow for progression across a range of IT User qualifications at different levels and will complement other vocational qualifications. Units from this qualification can contribute to ITQ at different levels or be used towards qualifications in other subject areas. It will also allow progress to apprenticeships, skilled employment or supported employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Isle of Wight College directly.

Last updated date: 18 January 2016
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