Computing and IT

Certificate in Microsoft Applications for IT Users, Level 3

Course overview

ITQ is the leading IT qualification offered by City and Guilds and is suitable for anybody who uses IT whether at home or at work. The flexible structure and assessment methods of the City and Guilds ITQ means that it is it suitable for those with beginner, intermediate, advanced or professional skills. City and Guilds ITQ helps build skills and confidence in a range of IT areas including Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Databases, Desktop Publishing, Presentation skills and Website Design. As well as building IT skills, if you are currently looking for work, the City and Guilds ITQ can also help you to become more employable with working knowledge of current IT programs such as: Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook in both 2007 and 2010 versions and FrontPage 2003.

This level 3 qualification is suitable for those looking to enhance their existing IT skills and knowledge and provides learners with the basic skills and knowledge that could lead to further education in IT or related areas, as well as underpinning other educational sectors to higher levels of competency for those required to work independently or supervise others.

This level 3 qualification will allow learners to make use of predefined or commonly used IT tools for activities most of which are complex and non-routine, they will be able to devise solutions in the use of IT tools in order to improve productivity. They will take considerable responsibility and autonomy, and be prepared to offer support and advice to others.

There are two pathways through the ITQ Level 3 for a Full Qualification, the Certificate and the Diploma. Each pathway leads to a Full Qualification which involves you achieving a number of Credits from each Optional Unit you undertake, along with the one Mandatory Unit -Improving productivity using IT.

Entry requirements

At Level 3 ITQ, students should have the ability to research in order to gain extensive knowledge of applications, and have achieved at Level 2 ITQ or similar.

How will I be assessed?

All assignments are undertaken in the Training Unit and involve using a computer and the skills you have learnt.

What can I do next

ITQ is a recognised entry qualification for work in the general employment sector, and is commonly a basic requirement for most employers. This covers a very wide range of jobs and career opportunities.

With your level 3 qualification you could also progress onto a higher education course at the College.