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IT and Business Software Skills Entry Level at Blackburn College

Course description

This Entry Level IT with Business Software Skills Study Programme is a practical course suitable for those students that, for whatever reason have left school without any qualifications and can demonstrate an interest in IT. It gives learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment or college progression, and provides career development opportunities.

Course content

On your Study Programme you will work towards two separate qualifications which consist of Entry and Level 1 units ready for progression to a Level 1 diploma the following academic year. There are various units to study as part of the IT and Business Software Skills course, the majority of which use Microsoft Office software and some specialist software. 

  • Using ICT 
  • Database
  • Spreadsheets
  • Business Enterprise/Study Skills
  • PowerPoint
  • Spreadsheets
  • Database
  • Effective Communication in Business/Study Skills
  • Using a Computer
  • Improving Producivity
  • Accuracy and Presentation
  • Word Processing
  • Job Opportunities in Business and IT - Job Search Skills
  • The Model Business Sector/Study Skills

You will also be required to achieve a Functional Skills Qualification in English and Maths.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry qualifications for this Study Programme although learners must have an interest in using computers and show that they can benefit from the course.


There are no exams on the Study Programme, tutors assess practical work that learners keep in a folder and at the end of the year the folder will be assessed by an external verifier to confirm success.  

Future opportunities

After successful completion of the Study Programme, your tutors will be in a position to recommend progression onto a higher level Computing, Business or Vocational pathway. These streams offer the opportunity to study up to a Level 3 qualification. Progression will depend on the levels of flare and creativity shown in specialist software along with literacy skills, ability to understand written instructions and produce written reports with minimal help. Guidance interviews will take place at the end of your course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 February 2016
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