Computing for Improvers Level 1 Award in User Skills

Flexible Learning

About the course

  • This is a Level 1 course awarded by the British Computer Society (BCS), designed for students who are looking to demonstrate their understanding of business software. The qualification typically includes units from a choice of Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Databases, Presentations, Security for IT Users and using Internet and Email all at Level 1. Course study is based around awarding body approved materials (workbooks) and supported by online diagnostics and sample tests.
  • Each unit attracts a number of credits which should total between 13 and 15 in order to be awarded the Certificate. It is however possible to substitute some of the Level 1 units with those at other levels (e.g. Level 2), in order to make up the total number of credits required. This can be discussed with your tutor during induction. Topics covered at level 1 include:
  • Word processing (3 credits): Working with documents, editing text, formatting text, printing, creating tables, inserting pictures, proofing your documents
  • Spreadsheets (3 credits): Working with workbooks, creating worksheets, editing cells, formulas, printing, formatting worksheets, formatting cells, summarising data, working with charts.
  • Presentations (3 credits): Working with presentations, slide views, formatting text, inserting objects, using timings and creating slide shows.
  • It should take 70 hours to complete the course, including learning, revision and assessment. At least 5 hours study per week is expected in either a taught class, or flexible study. Assessment is through online learning, with a series of activities and multiple choice questions.

Entry requirements

Basic computer skills are needed. You may also be required to complete a skills assessment to ensure that the course is at the right level for you.

Where next?

After completing the Level 1 Award, further progression to Level 2 and Level 3 units, Awards and Certificates are available.

Work experience and employability

This course does not contain a specific work experience component, but has other activities to help you develop employability skills. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies, our Employability Team can help.

What additional resources will I need?

You will be expected to supply your own stationery and you may want to purchase a textbook. You may also be asked to contribute to any courses and visits in which you take part.

Fees information

This course may be free if you are in receipt of qualifying benefits. Please contact us to confirm.

Fee £180


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