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.
Taking Derby College's Access to Learning course has proved to be the ideal preparation for nursing undergraduate Gerald Nimwaza. Gerald, a former teacher who came to Britain from Malawi in 2008, is currently studying at De Montfort University in Leicester and looking forward to a fulfilling career in mental health nursing. However, without the financial support available through the adult learner loan, Gerald doubts he would now be studying for his degree. Gerald gained his NVQ2 and 3 in Health and Social Care via the college while working as a care assistant at a care home in Derby. And he believes what he learned at Derby College has been highly beneficial to his degree, which he completes next summer. Gerald, who regards nursing as a calling rather than simply a career choice, is thoroughly enjoying his degree course. He likes the way in which it makes him challenge his own values, explore how he connects with other people and look at how he uses his interpersonal, human skills in his nursing. His story, he says, shows it's never too late to change career direction and Derby College has helped make that possible.
He said: "Being eligible for the adult learner loan was massively important. Without it I don't think I would have been able to enrol on my college course and pursue my nursing training."
He added: "It was clear from the outset that the Access course was a good foundation for the academic demands of nurse training. I had a wonderful maths teacher and I'm thankful to all the lecturers who helped me throughout my course. One Derby College tutor told me to always be critical when writing and it's good advice which I constantly keep in mind on my degree course."