What is the course about?
This class is for adults who hold the Level 1 ECDL award in IT user skills or have similar experience and wish to improve their computer skills and achieve a higher level qualification. Gaining this qualification will improve your employment prospects and allow you to prove your IT skills if you are looking for a job or promotion at work. The course is a full level 2 qualification and is comprised of four units. You will need to pass all four units to be awarded the BCS Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills (ECDL Extra). You will gain confidence, knowledge and understanding of the three main Microsoft applications required in the workplace - Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
What will we cover?
The Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills (ECDL Extra) is comprised of four units:
Word processing software
Improving productivity using IT
You will cover all the main areas of these programs to become a competent use of them. You will gain confidence, knowledge and understanding of the three main Microsoft applications required in the workplace - Word, Excel and PowerPoint – as well as improve your productivity through IT use.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Gain the BCS Level 2 Certificate in ITQ User Skills (ECDL Extra)Word Processing:
Use Word to:
• Create documents
• Manipulate and format text
• Insert and manipulate images within a document
• Import objects and graphics
• Use mail merge tools
• Create, manipulate and format tables
• Preview and print documents
Use Excel to:
• Understand the basic concepts of spreadsheets
• Use a spreadsheet application such as Excel to create a spreadsheet
• Insert and format data
• Create, format and adjust charts
• Create formulae and functions and copy them to other cells
• Apply settings for printing
Use PowerPoint to:
• Create, format, modify and prepare presentations using different slide layouts using PowerPoint
• Duplicate and move text, images, charts
• Create and modify organisational charts
• Apply slide transitions and animation effects
• Apply slide designs using presets and templates
• Apply various print options
Improving productivity using IT
This module will give you the ability to plan, evaluate and improve procedures involving the use of IT tools and systems in order to improve the productivity and efficiency of work activities.
On successfully completing the required modules, you can be awarded an ECDL extra certificate and a full Level 2 ITQ certificate.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
To enrol on the course you need to have good IT skills, and have passed Level 1 ECDL award in IT user skills or be at an equivalent level. You will need to have Entry level 3 skills in English. You will also need to be at Entry level 2 or higher in Numeracy.
You will already be able to:
Read and understand simple English instructions
Add numbers up to 1000
Subtract 2 digit numbers
Understand and draw different charts such as bar charts.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Each student has their own computer. Presentations will be made using computers, interactive whiteboard, overhead screen and printed notes. Step-by-step instruction, with demonstrations where appropriate, will help you grasp the concepts. Classes are taught in British Sign Language, and written English.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The non-refundable examination fee is included in the course fees.
You may wish to purchase a course book. The tutor will give suggestions about these. You will need a memory stick which can be purchased at the college, or provided via the Learner Support fund (if applicable).
If you have a low income, or are receiving means tested benefits, ask the Information and Advice team about the financial assistance that may be available to you. Please contact Information and Advice on 020 7492 2500 for more information.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The progression course is ECDL Advanced. There are a variety of other courses you could do either at the same time or after this course. - for example:
Design and build your own website
Google Drive and the Cloud
Introduction to Indesign.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details