OCR Level 1 Certificate for IT Users

OCR Level 1 Certificate for IT Users - (ITQ) 500/6683/3
What are the primary and other outcomes of this qualification?
This qualification enables you to gain basic IT skills and knowledge from a limited number of
IT applications or systems that can lead you to re-engage with learning.
This could include you being able to:
Operate independently and effectively in life, learning and work
Overcome IT knowledge and skills barriers to enter the workplace.
The skill, knowledge and understanding covered by this qualification are:
Word processing
Using email and the Internet
Personal information management
Using collaborative technology and mobile devices
IT communication fundamentals
IT software fundamentals
Setup an IT system
IT User fundamentals
Optimise system performance
Security for IT users
There is one mandatory unit Improving Productivity Using IT, which can be based around
one of the optional units. You can select from a range of optional units which will give you
the required skills and knowledge to make effective use of IT in a number of areas in the
This is a QCF qualification.
Who is the qualification for?
The OCR Level 1 Certificate for IT Users (ITQ) has been developed for those of you with
little experience with IT and software applications, but who wish to become effective users of
IT at a basic level:
For personal use
Or for common office applications
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Or to gain skills in specific areas of technology such as website software or the use
of mobile devices.
No previous experience or qualifications in IT are required, although you can progress to this
qualification from:
OCR Using ICT Entry Level Award 500/5694/3
OCR Level 1 Award for IT Users - (ITQ) 500/6684/5
What could this qualification lead to?
Over 4 million adults lack basic IT skills for the workplace. This qualification will enable you
to make use of IT within a number of job roles where the knowledge and skills to use digital
technology is required. IT user skills are now required in the vast majority of job roles.
This qualification will also provide you with the underpinning knowledge and skills to improve
your competency in further areas at the same level or to gain or improve your skills by
undertaking a larger sized or higher level qualification within the ITQ suite.
OCR Level 1 Diploma in IT User Skills (ITQ) 500/6742/4
OCR Level 2 Award in IT User Skills (ITQ) 500/6685/7
OCR Level 2 Certificate for IT Users (ITQ) 500/6743/6
OCR Level 2 Extended Certificate for IT Users - (ITQ) 600/1062/9
OCR Level 2 Diploma in IT User Skills (ITQ) 500/6744/8
OCR Level 2 Diploma in IT User Skills (ITQ) 600/1955/4 (for use with Intermediate
Apprenticeship in IT Application Specialist)
OCR Level 3 Award in IT User Skills (ITQ) 500/658/9
OCR Level 3 Certificate for IT Users - (ITQ) 500/6758/8
OCR Level 3 Diploma in IT User Skills (ITQ) 500/6757/6
OCR Level 3 Diploma in IT User Skills (ITQ) 600/1958/X (for use with Advanced
Apprenticeship in IT Application Specialist)
The skills and knowledge gained whilst undertaking this qualification will also prove useful to
developing evidence in a large number of subject specific areas such as Travel and Tourism,
Business Administration and Hair and Beauty programmes.
Why choose this size of qualification?
This qualification will enable you to undertake a short learning programme to improve your
basic IT skills to be able to operate effectively in business or for personal use.
If you enjoy the qualification, as you will already have undertaken the mandatory unit you will
easily be able progress to the next size of qualification at this level by choosing additional
optional units. Or you could choose to progress to the next level in order to further build up
your knowledge and understanding of IT. You can carry credits from one size and level to
the next, so you will not have to re-do work you have already achieved.
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Who supports this qualification?
This qualification was developed in conjunction with the Tech Partnership who are the sector
skills council for IT and it is supported by the following centre providers:
Steve Bowler
Head of Business Information
CT Skills
Jamie Mortimer
Curriculum Manager – Computers and Technology
Realise Futures
John Hulse
iTQ Hub Skills Supervisor
Dudley College
Ingrid Parello
Centre Manager
Bedford Learning Centre
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