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IT Users: Level 1 FT BTEC Diploma at NESCOT

Course description

This course is made up of modules from the BTEC Level 1 Diploma for IT Users qualification.  The course will help you develop the necessary IT and business skills and techniques that are required in the workplace, whilst also making you aware of the personal qualities and attitudes needed to succeed in working life.

Course content

This course provides the opportunity for progression to develop either IT practitioner or business skills at further study levels.  The IT units will provide practical opportunities to use a range of computer programmes typically found in a variety of work places and to evaluate their suitability for specific tasks.  You will be trained to use a range of Microsoft and other vendor applications throughout.

As part of your Computing Level 1 programme, you will be studying modules from the BTEC Level 1 Diploma for IT Users.  Modules for this qualification are listed below and will include Functional Skills in Maths and English. During this course there will be an opportunity to go on a visit to see how businesses use IT.  You may also have the opportunity of carrying out practical work based activities within the College to build your work experience.

The BTEC Award in Work Skills qualification is also embedded on the programme and includes elements to enable you to develop your range of employability skills and techniques and gain an awareness of the personal qualities and attitudes essential for success in working life.

In addition you will be given the opportunity to study a unit from the Pearson BTEC First qualification suite towards the end of the academic year which will prepare you for progression to level 2. 

IT Users Units

  • Unit 101: Improving Productivity Using IT * Mandatory*
  • Unit 102: IT User Fundamentals
  • Unit 103: Set up an IT System
  • Unit 104: Optimise Performance
  • Unit 106: IT Communication Fundamentals
  • Unit 118: Database Software
  • Unit 120: Design Software
  • Unit 121: Imaging Software
  • Unit 123: Desktop Publishing Software
  • Unit 125: Presentation Software
  • Unit 127: Spreadsheet Software
  • Unit 128: Website Software
  • Unit 129: Word Processing Software

 Work Skills Modules

  • Unit 31: Planning an Enterprise Activity
  • Unit 32: Running an Enterprise Activity
  • Unit 33: Producing a Product

 Level 2 Unit – BTEC First

Towards the end of the academic year you will study a unit from the Pearson BTEC First qualification which will prepare you for progression to level 2.  The unit content is divided between gaining knowledge of software installation, configuration and testing and how to document any installation.

  •  Unit 8 – Installing Computer Software.

Whilst studying the level 1 programme you will be developing skills in English and Maths and will gain separate awards for these.  These are known as functional skills and continuous assessment of these will take place throughout your level 1 programme, with final examinations towards the end of the academic year.  The term ‘functional’ is a way of considering the overall skills and abilities required to enable you to take an active and responsible role in your everyday life.  They help you to gain confidence to deal with situations both at work and home and help you to solve problems in both familiar and unfamiliar situations.

Entry requirements

Entry Level 3 in Numeracy and Literacy (or equivalent).  You will be asked to complete an assessment test as part of the interview process.

Future opportunities

This qualification should act as a stepping stone, enabling you to move into employment or on to further study at Level 2 (upon achievement of both the main programme and Functional Skills at level 1).

Potential career routes in the Computing industry:

  • Audio visual technology
  • Business administration
  • Business management
  • Consultant
  • Customer service
  • Data analyst
  • Database programmer
  • Games developer
  • Helpdesk
  • Network installation
  • Programmer
  • Security expert
  • Software developer
  • Support technician
  • System analyst
  • Web designer

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 August 2016
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