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Level 1 ITQ Certificate in IT User Skills (Adult Course)


This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

This course is perfect for helping you to improve your ability across a range of IT applications and will help you to learn new computer skills and gain a valuable, recognised qualification.

Designed for those who are looking to broaden their knowledge and build upon their existing skills to gain a practical qualification that is attractive to employers, this course is flexible and adapted to suit your own pace.

Regardless of how quickly you learn, you are fully supported and guided by friendly, helpful tutors.

You will need access to a computer outside of College during this course, as some home learning will be required.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course has multiple start dates throughout the year and can be studied during the day or in the evening.

Ordinarily the course will take up to one year to complete, however you could choose to complete the qualification sooner with more intensive study.

This course will take place at our Town Centre Campus, St Helens College, WA10 1PP.

What will I study?

This qualification aims to develop your knowledge of standard IT hardware and develop your skills using Microsoft Office software. You will develop knowledge of different software applications and use them to complete tasks effectively.

For example:

  • Word processing - how to format documents
  • Presentations - creating a presentation
  • Spreadsheets - how to use formulae
  • Database - how to create a database and use queries

This course also provides a thorough introduction for those wishing to go on to more advanced studies and a higher level qualification.

How is it assessed?

The qualification will be achieved by completing an assignment at the end of each unit.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have experience of using a computer in the workplace, or have completed a beginners digital skills in IT course.

Students should also have achieved level 1 English and maths or be working towards gaining a qualification.

What are the course fees?

Course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. For more information on the financial support that may be available, please visit our dedicated Adult Financial support page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Successfully achieving certification in ITQ can open the door to a whole range of employment and career progression opportunities. This qualification is widely recognised by employers and you could choose to progress on to the level 2 ITQ Certificate in IT User Skills.

I'm interested in this course, what should I do next?

If you would like to submit an application to study this course, simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

Programmes funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority's Adult Education Budget are available to study here. Please visit Student Services for further information about the financial support available to you.

Ref: Karen Thorpe / Yvonne Rigby

Why study Computing and IT with us?

Microsoft Office Specialist

Impress future employers and universities by gaining MOS status alongside your course.

Industry Experts

Tutors have industry experience and a passion for the subjects they teach.

Progression Routes

Our excellent progression routes can lead to an apprenticeship, university or employment.

Valuable Work Experience

Gain valuable work experience in the computing and IT industry to boost your CV. 

Diverse Range of Skills

You'll learn everything from programming and web design to multimedia application production.

Technical Support

You'll have access to the latest software to help you get the most out of your course.