The aim of the IT User Skills Certificate is to recognise the application of a range of practical ICT skills and knowledge in life, learning and the workplace.
There are no entry requirements. However, you will be required to complete a brief assessment to ensure that the course is suitable for you.
Gaining this qualification will enable you to improve your competency in:
The basics – security and safety: passwords, viruses, storage and file management
The Internet and email – searching, sending and receiving emails, contacts lists, and organising your inbox
Word processing – entering, editing and formatting text and documents, inserting tables and graphics
Spreadsheets – entering, editing, sorting and filtering data, formatting and formulas
Charts and graphs – producing different types of charts and graphs: bar, column, line and pie charts
Presentations – understanding, making and editing presentations
You will be assessed continually through the development of an individual learning plan.
You will build a portfolio of evidence for each topic, showcasing your skills, and present the evidence in a portfolio which is assessed by your tutor and externally by the exam board.
There is no formal end exam as the assessment is based on the completion of an evidence-based portfolio.
It would be advantageous to have your own electronic device for word processing e.g. a laptop or a PC and access to the Internet so that you can continue to develop your skills at home, but this is not essential.
There are no additional costs involved.
What you do next is up to you:
A long-time carer with elderly people has forged a new career in the classroom with deaf youngsters after passing five separate courses at Derby College. Dedicated Stephanie Davis, 47, switched direction after 20 years and joined Derby's Royal School for the Deaf as a residential worker in 2008. Now she has gained a string of qualifications, passing Functional Maths at Level 1 and 2 and Functional English at Level 1, as well gaining NVQs in working with children in a residential setting and as a teaching assistant. Now Stephanie, from Mackworth, is studying for Functional English Level 2 and aiming to go on to study for a High Level Teaching Assistant qualification at Level 4. Promoted to Senior Teaching Assistant (Teaching Support), Stephanie says that could be a stepping stone towards her dream job as a teacher at the school. Previously she gained qualifications with Derby College, in Community Care and Caring for the Elderly.
Stephanie said: "Every step of the way I've been supported by the college. I'm not a natural at English but the college has given been brilliant and helped my confidence no end."