ICT Qualification Level 2

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NOCN Level 2 Certificate

Progressing Your Computer Skills

The course is accredited by NOCN and is a Level 2 certificate in ITQ. This is in conjunction with the level one course is the equivalent of the full ECDL.

This course is FREE to members, and £120 to non-members. If you are not on the members database, a member our admin team will contact you to arrange payment following registration.

This online course has been developed following our commitment to our members and activists to support them in growing their computing and communication skills. The course concentrates on moving our ICT learners onto more challenging ICT concepts and packages. 

Benefits for the business:

Training can improve business performance, profit and staff morale. Advantages to your business include:

  • You choose what new skills your workforce gains, targeting skills to meet the needs of your operation for now and in the future.
  • Training your staff can result in better customer service, better work safety practices and productivity improvements.
  • You demonstrate to your workforce that you value them enough to invest in them, improving loyalty and staff retention. In turn, retention is a saving to you.
Benefits for the employees

Training has many benefits for your staff:

  • They acquire new skills, increasing their contribution to the business and building their self-esteem.
  • The training they do can take them into other positions within the organisation – positions with better prospects and/or better pay
  • They’re upskilled to do new and different tasks, which keeps them motivated and fresh.
  • Because they’re being trained on your time, they see that you value them enough to invest in them. A good company is seen as one that retrains rather than churns.
Course Content

There are seven modules within this course. These cover different topics and in each module you have assignments to complete to gain your qualification.

  • Module One:IT Security threats and prevention.
  • Module Two:Introduction to Excel Spreadsheets
  • Module Three: Excel Changing existing data and working with formula.
  • Module Four: Excel. Cell References and other formula types.
  • Module Five: Excel. Working with Charts
  • Module Six: Introduction to PowerPoint
  • Module Seven: Use presentation software tools to structure, edit and format slide sequences.
  • Module Eight: Improving Productivity. Plan, select and use appropriate IT systems and software for different purposes.

 

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Through accessing online learning resources & paper-based online assessments

Do I have to meet with my tutor or support advisor?

No. The communication you have with your tutor will be either via our virtual learning platform (learnwithunite.org), email or telephone. Our support team are also available during working hours via email or telephone.

Is there a time limit or any deadlines?

No, but in order to maintain and support learning, we ask students to access their courses on a regular basis. If you have not accessed for more than 30 days your account may be suspended unless you inform admin of your circumstances for no access. Submissions will be graded within 48 hours.

Do I need a computer to take the course?

Yes. You will need a computer to access your emails and use the internet when carrying out research. Even if you choose to complete a paper-based course, you will need to access your emails throughout your study and access the internet when completing further research tasks.

What is in the course content?

Each course covers a particular area of study through a detailed exploration of the subject matter. This includes subject specific case studies, thought provoking activities, further research tasks, key facts, there are sections where learners are encouraged to consider how the learning content may mirror reality. If you decide to study a course that is fully online, a wide range of activities and interesting videos will also be included in the course content. Within the courses, there are often prompts for further personal exploration and sometimes you will carry out some research yourself, which will help you answer the assessment questions fully.

How am I assessed?

Learners are assessed throughout their course by a series of short answer assessment questions which are built into the course. Your answers are either saved; directly into the course area, or you may be required to upload a document for some of your assessments. 

How long will it take me to complete a course?

On average, a learner completes a course with us in around 10 to 16 weeks. We will provide flexible guidelines to encourage you to progress with your learning at a steady pace, but if these are unsuitable for you, you can learn in your own time when you are ready.

What happens if I fail an assessment?

You try again! You will receive an email from us when your feedback is available online, so that you can take a look and find out whether you have passed or not. There is no such thing as failing an assessment, because your work is not graded; assessments are simply identified as pass or referred. If your answers are referred, your tutor will simply point out the answers which need a little bit more attention in order for you to rework your answer, resubmit and pass! When you pass a unit you move onto the next one, and when you pass your final unit you simply wait for your certificate to arrive!

How long will my certificate take to arrive?

Once you complete the course and submit your final piece of work, your assessments will be marked and your work will go through an internal moderation process. Once this process is complete, we will request your certificate from the awarding body, and post to you as soon as we receive it.     

Is there a word count for my assessments?

No. There are no maximum or minimum word counts for the assessments and the majority are short answer questions which you can answer in as many words as you like. We do however, provide a recommended word count for activities as guidance. It is important that you demonstrate to your tutor that you have fully understood the question and applied your knowledge to each answer in a logical way. If your tutor feels that an answer needs a little more detail, they will point this out in your feedback and you will be able to go back to the answer and rework it until you pass.

Can anyone complete the course?

Yes, anyone who has a reasonable standard of basic education is suitable for this course. Our learning resources are all written in simple everyday language with no jargon and all in a logical structure, making the information easy to process and understand. Should you experience any difficulties with your course, you would have the support of your tutor and our Student Support Team who can guide you through any part of your learning.

Who is suitable?

This qualification is ideal for anyone who is currently working toward improving their ICT skills, or who wish to gain a recognised standard in this subject area.

 

Does the qualification expire?

No. Once you complete a course you will gain a nationally recognised qualification which lasts forever and will be beneficial to you throughout your entire working career.

Do I need any computer skills?

You only need very basic skills to complete a course. If you do any shopping online or use any social media websites then you will find our online learning platform, very easy to use. Even if you do not regularly use a computer, as long as you know how to turn it on and access the internet, then the helpful guides and videos will provide you with all the help you need to get started online.

Do I need to buy anything else to go with the course?

No. As long as you have a working computer, a pen and some paper, you will have no problems completing a course with us. If you complete an online course, all of the resources you need will be accessible online, and if you complete a paper-based course or paper-based course with online assessments, we will send you everything you need in the post and via email.

Is the course paper-based or online?

Both! The majority of our courses are available in a paper-based format, as well as paper-based with online assessments. This means you will use the learning materials to complete the course, but will complete and submit your assessment questions online via our interactive online learning platform. This allows you to work closely with a tutor who will mark your work and send you feedback which you can view online. Whichever way you to choose to learn, you can study when you like, where you like! When you are browsing through our courses, look out for the icons which tell you the format each course is available in.

How do I submit my assessments?

You will submit your assessments online via our learning platform. Each course is broken down into manageable units and sections, and assessment questions are strategically placed at the end of each section to test you on the content while it is fresh in your mind. Your tutor will assess the standard and style of your work for each section and provide feedback. Once you have obtained your feedback, you will either move on to the next unit if you passed, or review the previous unit you have submitted until you pass.

What will I gain from completing a course?

After completing a course with us, you will gain a nationally recognised qualification. This not only increases your general knowledge, but also increases your chances of securing a job, or improve our employability, allowing you to develop your career and improve your chance of progressing in the workplace to reach your goals. Alongside this, the course materials will help you to develop the necessary knowledge and confidence surrounding your chosen subject area. The activities and assessments are also designed to help you develop relevant research and academic writing skills.

Where do I complete the course and do I have to go to a local college?

You do not have to attend a local college at any point and you can complete the course anywhere you like! Learners can complete our home-based distance learning courses either fully online, paper-based or paper-based with online assessments. Our learning resources are designed to allow you to study where you like, when you like. If you choose to complete a paper-based course, you can study where you like once you have received your booklets from us. Similarly, by studying through our online system, you can choose where and when you do your work as long as you have access to the internet.

Will the course help me get a job?

Successfully completing a course with us can definitely improve your career prospects as you will have gained a nationally recognised qualification. NOCN is a highly respected organisation with strict standards and requirements which each course is tailored to.

Is the course regulated? If so, who by?

Yes, this course has been approved and endorsed by NOCN. Successful students who complete a course will be awarded with a certificate of achievement. Certificates are awarded by NOCN. All of our learning resources have been specifically designed by a team of sector specialists so you can be assured that the qualification you gain is of the highest quality.

How can I progress after I complete the course?

Once you complete a course with us, your opportunities are endless. Not only will your employment opportunities improve by adding an accredited qualification to your CV, but you could also progress on to other areas of study.

Are there any exams?

No. This course does not involve any examinations and learners are assessed entirely through their answers to the assessment questions which they complete throughout the course.

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