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IT Level 1 Diploma at Richmond-upon-Thames College

Course description

IT stands for information technology and is now part of all our lives, from running the central heating to funfair rides and most jobs require an understanding of IT. As IT skills are so important this course has been designed to introduce the basics of a wide range of IT applications and is an ideal starting point for a career in IT, as well as giving you the skills to enter employment or to progress onto other courses.

Course content

This course is designed to encourage you to develop the personal skills and qualities you will need for work. We will give you the practical experience in the IT applications that are used in a wide range of jobs.


The course is made up of a number of units as listed below. The core unit, which is Improving Productivity Using IT, gathers together all of the skills which will allow you to complete your own mini-project.


The other units are:

  • IT User fundamentals
  • Using the Internet
  • Using mobile IT devices
  • Design software
  • Imaging software
  • Desktop publishing software
  • IT software fundamentals
  • Multimedia software
  • Presentation software
  • Spread sheet software
  • Website software
  • Word processing software


The coursework is varied and includes written reports, presentations, preparation of displays and observation of tasks. All lessons take place in well-equipped IT suites where you will be able to work at your own PC to learn new skills and complete the practical work.


We are now including a 'bonus' Learn to Learn qualification which will build up your study skills to help you succeed on this and higher level courses

Entry requirements

The minimum requirement is 4 GCSEs grades E-F including English and Maths at a minimum of grade E.


The course is 100% practical and written coursework, which will be set and assessed by your teacher.

Financial information

You will need a memory stick for £5 and portfolios, dividers and stationery will cost about £20. Fares for visits will cost in the region of £10 and you will also need your own headphones for online tutorials.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this course you can progress to a level 2 course.

Further information

To find out more about this course please visit our website or contact us on or 020 8607 8302

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richmond-upon-Thames College directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2017
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