The key purposes of this qualification are to recognise:
You must be using a variety of IT applications either at work or home. The Level 1 and 2 qualification should be taken by those who are seeking a job in - or are employed in - an office/IT-based environment and already have a range of skills in a variety of applications. Level 3 is only for those employed in a supervisory or management role who already have substantial skills in IT.
To achieve a full Level 2 QCF iTQ Certificate in IT User Skills, you must complete a total of 16 credits. This comprises one mandatory unit (Improving Productivity using ICT) and a combination of optional units.
A workplace assessor will be assigned to you at work. They will assess 'real' evidence via work tasks, questions and observations. There are no formal exams and all work is stored electronically.
Further courses available to you include:
After finishing school I wanted to focus specifically on IT and achieved better results when doing course work so chose a BTEC National Diploma at Derby College. I really enjoyed focusing solely on IT but having various different disciplines with the IT, it gave me a varied understanding of what is expected within each different branch of IT. My time at the College gave me an understanding of different roles that I could do in a work environment and what skills are applicable in each field. I use of the technical programming skills I learnt at the College on a day to day basis.
The most exciting part of my current role is training and developing new staff members, helping them to learn new technical process and learning transferable skills that can go across the industry.