The IT User Skills qualification is a nationally recognised programme designed to allow students to acquire and apply a range of IT skills that will help them to work productively and efficiently and can be tailored to different vocational sectors.
The qualification is suitable for a wide range of learners, including adults returning to study, employees and adults in part-time education.
It is designed so that students can develop the skills and knowledge to select and use a range of intermediate word processing software tools and techniques to produce documents. They will also develop the skills to select and use a wide range of intermediate presentation software tools and techniques effectively to produce PowerPoint presentations.
The course is delivered by a well-qualified, enthusiastic and experienced tutor who will provide all the support and guidance you need to be successful.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course. However, applicants should ideally have some basic IT skills.
This course would be a natural progression for anyone who already holds a Level 1 IT User Skills qualification.
Upon completion, you will be able to create, edit and print documents. The course will enable you to write text confidently, store it electronically, display it on a screen, modify it by entering commands and characters from the keyboard, and print off your information if required.
Upon completion, you will be able to use presentation software to present data and information by using text, images, diagrams with animations and video and transitional effects in slides to help explain the topic or idea in front of an audience easily and practically.
The course will be assessed in a variety of ways including:
All IT equipment will be provided on site at Derby College.
Completion of the course will enable you to utilise IT skills relevant to almost all further and higher education courses.
You will increase your employability and impress recruiters in the IT sector by achieving industry-standard qualifications and certifications.
Derby hospital matron Louise Alberts is responsible for overseeing nine wards specialising in acute medicine for older people.
It's a challenging role in a profession she loves – but without Derby College Louise is convinced she would never have been able to pursue a career in nursing.
A mum to four girls, Louise had previously worked in sales and didn't take the College's Access to Nursing course until she was in her mid-thirties.
Louise's decision to train as a nurse came after she had twins. As they grew older, she realised that she didn't want to go back into sales, so she started looking for a new career. Nottingham University directed her to Derby College's Access to Nursing course, which, she found, fitted in perfectly with school hours.
After completing her access course, Louise went on to take her nursing degree at Nottingham University's Derby campus. She worked as a staff nurse, then junior and senior sister at London Road Community Hospital before being seconded to the role of matron in Derby City's community services. Two-and-a-half years ago she became permanent matron for acute medicine for older people.
Louise added: "I've stayed in touch with a lot of the people I studied with at college and then at university.
"Sometimes we have staff who have started at an entry level post in the NHS but who aspire to become a registered nurse. I'm a huge advocate of the Access course so I always direct them to Derby College."
When I enrolled in 2004, I had been out of education for a long time.
It had been years since I'd taken my GCSEs, so it was effectively like starting from the beginning.
Academic writing is a specific skill and without the Access course I wouldn't have had what it takes to go on to university and study for my nursing degree.