ITQ Computing Skills

Alexander Centre, Tavistock

Who is this course for?

Designed to meet the needs of today’s businesses, these hands-on, applied qualifications give learners a chance to gain a nationally recognised vocational qualification and progress to employment or further education in the IT sector.

This course is for adults aged 19 and over from the local area need to improve their I.T. skills.

You should have some fairly confident knowledge of using a keyboard, mouse/pad and saving files in folders.

Course content

The ITQ1 qualification has three components: Using the internet, and two Microsoft Office applications; Word (word processing) and Excel (spreadsheets). You will create a portfolio using these three components from exercises derived from your ITQ1 workbook.

The ITQ2 qualification has three units:

1. Improving Productivity: This unit is about the skills and knowledge needed by the IT User to plan and review their use of predefined or commonly used IT tools for straightforward or routine activities. As a result of reviewing their work, they will be able to identify and use automated methods or alternative ways of working to improve productivity.

2. IT Security for Users: This unit is about the skills and knowledge needed by the IT User to avoid common security risks and control access to software and data; and use a wider range of methods to protect software and data.

3. Presentation Software: This unit is about the skills and knowledge required by an IT user to use a range of basic presentation software tools and techniques to produce straightforward or routine presentations which include a combination of media.

You will create a portfolio using these three components from exercises derived from your ITQ2 workbook.

Support and feedback

Informally by the tutor, you will have the opportunity to self-assess your weekly progress using an individual learning plan. More formally as you will also complete a portfolio of exercises. You will be observed and guided throughout the course.

Additional costs and requirements

Writing pad and pen.

A memory stick (flash drive) will be useful. Particularly if you want to take work home.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

You may continue working through your portfolio in your own time. Whilst this is not essential, it is a good idea to practice during the week what has been taught. You may also be given small assignments to do during the week prior to the next session; reinforcing your learning

About the tutor

Simon Longstaff currently works as an ICT, Maths & English tutor for Learn Devon and as a Senior Design Engineer for Partech Electronics.

Simon has spent most of his working life in the field of Electronic Engineering and was previously the Technical Director of his own instrumentation manufacturing company before undertaking his teacher training.

Simon has a 1st class honours degree in ICT with Education from Exeter University, and a PGCE incorporating a Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) and QTLS. He also is a specialist in teaching Maths, gaining a level 5 Additional Diploma in Numeracy. He recently (2015) completed a Master’s Degree in Professional Practice (with Distinction) at the University of St Mark and St John, specialising in exploiting open source technology to create musical instruments within the Maker Community.

Simon is a keen musician and composer and has for the last fourteen years performed each summer season at Sterts Theatre in their musical shows.

“I’m a great believer in ‘experiential learning’, and firmly believe that people learn by doing. This is so important, particularly with a technical subject like ICT; it is the familiarity with everyday computing tasks that build on a person’s levels of confidence and skills.”

Simon Longstaff, Tutor Learn Devon

Version 04 – 02/08/2018

Start date19 Sep 2019
End date27 Feb 2020
Start time12:30
End time15:00
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